Thursday, September 29, 2005

I love John Henderson... I mean I REALLY love him. Like not just in the way that I admire him as an athlete. John Henderson is a MAN. I meant to write about this earlier this week, but it seems like everytime they show John Henderson making a tackle, or batting down a pass, or generally just being a bad-ass he has an offensive linemen attached to each of his shoulders and they still aren't doing a whole lot to slow him down.

I really hope that Big John didn't slap his bitch around. It would be a shame because I've always viewed him as a character guy. He seems to bring a similar attitude to the defensive line that Tony Boselli brought to the offensive line. If I were Jack Del Rio, I'd stick Big John on both the offensive and defensive lines. I would also have him run back punts and kicks because my thinking is that there aren't a lot of players in the NFL that could actually tackle Big John.

I don't pay too much attention to Major League Baseball, but they had an interesting segment on Sports Center this morning. The San Diego Padres have clinched their division with an astounding record of 79-79. They could become the worst team (record wise) to win their division in the history of the MLB. The funniest statistic was that the closest they would be to the division leader in any other division is 10.5 games behind. They would be dead last in the NL East and some 17.5 games behind in the NL Central. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of baseball, but I do enjoy a good train wreck when I see one.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Even the name is creepy, "Intelligent Transportation Systems". Call me old fashioned, but I'd really just rather drive the car myself.

Anyway some other random thoughts... The season premier of The Amazing Race family edition was last night. The rather coincidentally named Black family was eliminated. This is actually somewhat fortunate because I'm not sure I could go through the entire season with other teams saying "Is that the Black Family in that car?" or "Damn... the Black Family just pulled in front of us" or "Those Blackies are always trying to pull a quick one".

Monday, September 26, 2005

Best Notre Dame story EVAR

I will be the first to admit that I'm harsh on Notre Dame. There are several reasons for this:
1) I'm generally harsh on Catholicism (a subject for another post another time).
2) I hate the special treatment they get from their TV contract (not that I blame them for making it, I just don't like it).
3) It's in Indiana, and I just have trouble getting behind anything from Indiana.

All that being said, I would take a job there in a heartbeat, especially after reading this article, which is one of the most touching sports stories I've heard in a long time (perhaps since Rudy?).

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Conservative Hollywood

I must confess that I haven't seen any of the movies being talked about in this article, but I think the point is well-taken. I'm, in particular, horrified by the storyline of Just Like Heaven, which sounds like it was written up by Pat Robertson (except without any assassinations). It looked good in the previews, but now it sounds pretty terrible to me. Blah.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Jamster Commercials

I found this article today on a website talking about the U.K. banning advertisments (or at least primetime advertisements) for the company Jamster. If you're not familiar with Jamster or their commercials it's basically a subscription service that will provide you with ringtones and screen savers and joke text messages and a whole lot of other crap that I would never want on my cell phone. The gist of the ruling is that Jamster is targeting children and not making it clear that they are hawking a subscription service. The funny thing is that I have seen a lot of commercials like this were you text a word ("joke") to a number and you will receive a daily text message or a daily ringtone or some other such nonsense. The commercials look they were thrown together in about 30 minutes by a high school A.V. class. The first time I saw them I thought "is this real"? My second thought was, I wonder how many people are going to fall for this and then regret it in about a week when their inbox fills up with junk mail.

Anyway, I can tell I'm getting old. I could never fathom downloading ringtones to my phone. I've done it once... for a dollar and it is just not a function of my phone that appeals to me. Neither is text messaging. It should only be done drunkenly... when you are at a football game and you think to yourself "I'm going to drop a text message to one of my boys with the score of his game" and then by the time you fumble with the keys you have no idea what you were even originally doing. Brilliant.

Climate change and the hurricanes

Now, I'm not the most knowledgable person on the topic of climate change, I leave that to the experts. But there seems to be a real solid and long lasting consensus that has formed that not only is it occuring, but it might be linked to the increase in hurricanes (that last part I'm not sure the consensus is as solid on). It seems to me lately that there has been a lot of evidence that spending money up front saves a lot of money on the back end (i.e., if we'd reinforced the levees of New Orleans the way everyone said we needed to), and I can't help but wonder if the same thing is true of climate change. It seems like the resistance of Big Business to spending the money on climate change is leading to bigger expenditures in rebuilding. It's just shifting the costs to other people (and magnifying them). Perhaps now we'll see insurance companies lobbying the government for more support for global climate change initiatives?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Best complaint letter ever

Wow...this guy has some serious complaints. And, I might add, a future with the written word. It brings me to my next point though, which is that while everyone complains about government monopolies, I have had no problems with any of them (i.e., water, garbage pickup, power) compared to the problems that I have had with private monopoly corporations (Sprint home phone service, and I'll even include cell phone companies since they essentially get to be a monopoly for the duration of your contract). It seems like this guy feels the same way.

Update [10:27pm]: I forgot to mention that U-Haul sucks. Not because it is at all a monopoly of any sort, but because it treats you like it is. Fuckers. Worst company EVAR!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Speaking of Racism

This has caused a big uproar among the University students and administrators. I personally think it is funny... and appropriate. Maybe that makes me a racist? Regardless, it has been really interesting seeing the student newspaper point out the hypocrisy of the administration and some other student bodies. The administration of UF spoke out against the cartoon saying that it was inappropriate to use racial slurs and that it was a poor reflection on the University... however, that didn't stop them from bringing in comedian Charlie Murphy to Gator Growl last year who apparently dropped N-bomb after N-bomb. Nice going UF... way to blurt out a knee-jerk overly politically correct response.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Jacksonville in the news

Ahh, to be young and colossally stupid. Read to the end for all his wisdom.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Thoughts on this weekends football games

I don't know what game everyone else was watching on Sunday, but what I saw out of the Jacksonville Indy game was an absolutely brutal Indy defense and Peyton Manning way off his game. Don't get me wrong, I thought the Jacksonville defense played well, but certainly not as well as the Indy defense. I didn't see Manning get leveled every other play... I saw him overthrow a lot of receivers. The idea that I was watching two dominant defenses is certainly appealing, but had Manning connected on a couple of poor throws, the score may have been more like 24-3. Having said that, you can't overlook the fact that Byron Leftwich is a soldier. I know I certainly wouldn't have gotten up after a lot of those hits. Oh well, Jacksonville has a chance to even up the score in a few weeks... let's hope they make the most out of it.

I don't remember too much of the Florida Tennesse game. Too bad.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

At least the swagger is back...

I'm not sure that FSU has earned the right to be talking this way, but at least it reminds me of the times when we were consistantly good:
"They're new [Boston College], and this year, they're getting a lot of hype because they're nationally ranked, but we don't care about that," FSU junior tailback Lorenzo Booker said. "We're Florida State. We feel like we should be welcoming everybody. If they've been in [the ACC] for 10 years, then we need to let you know that nothing's changed. If you're just [moving] in [the league], then we need to let you know about the years to come."

Monday, September 12, 2005

Schlupp Schlupp Schlupp my ass!

Reason #1 why Brett Favre is not one of the top 7 quarterbacks of all time:
He scored NEGATIVE 12 points for my fantasy football team this past weekend, AND Javon Walker, his go-to receiver was lost for the season. I was open to reconsidering his position on my list of all-time best quarterbacks, but way!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

I'm not going back to Louisiana ever

I'm probably exaggerating, but this infuriates me. I heard the story on This American Life ("After the Flood") this morning and they did extensive interviews with people from the refugee group. They ended up having to break into a gas station and hide on the floor beneath the windows because they heard gunfire and gangs moving about at night. They were camped on the bridge where they felt safe but the police came and rousted them out. Where were these people supposed to go? Later they camped somewhere else and a police helicopter came down and used its downdraft to blow away their stuff. Absolutely shameful.

Update [10:49pm]: More police goodness here.

Back on the FSU bandwagon

Well, given the way things are going, it looks like I have yet again put my eggs in the wrong basket. Granted, Florida State has only eked out a win over Miami (that we didn't really deserve), and beat the crap out of I-AA Citadel, but that's better than what I saw today out of Georgia Southern. I sat in the first row right behind the McNeese State bench (see below for awesome new heckles I came up with today*) and watched Georgia Southern get pushed around by the McNeese State offensive line and I also saw our cornerbacks get beat OVER and OVER again. It was like the FSU/Miami game except without all the sacks to make you feel good. Of course, we still could have won it, in fact we even scored the game-winning touchdown with a minute to go. But what happened? A holding call, followed by two sacks and an incomplete pass to take us out of field goal range. Anyway, what are the odds of someone reading this blog and caring about Georgia Southern football? Pretty slim. But a man's gotta vent.

* "Hey #1, you smell like #2!"
"Hey #57 [fat lineman]! You look like pre-Subway Jared!"

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

XBox Live

I thought our reader(s) might enjoy this hilarious dialogue about 30-year olds playing XBox Live. Good stuff!

Also, here's a great compendium of Pat Robertson's objectionable rants. Wow.

Bryce Paup, Hugh Douglas, Reggie Hayward...
The Jacksonville Jaguars
"Where Good Pass Rushers Go To Die"

Monday, September 05, 2005

Nole Mercy

Wow. That's all I have to say regarding the 10-7 win of the FSU Circus Clowns over the Miami Hurricanes. I was beginning to think that I would never see another victory over the Hurricanes, but nevertheless here it is. It just goes to show that anything can happen, even when your quarterbacks completely tank and you can't even score on first and goal from the 3. It's a beautiful thing.

Lest I be contributing to the dumbing down of America, here is a link that perhaps might illuminate our readers. After all, what's a blog post without some partisanship?

Friday, September 02, 2005

Bush angry at New Orleans, claims city is not 'hanging tough'

The above headline hasn't occurred yet, but it very well may soon. Hurricane Katrina is a disaster of almost unprecedented proportions, but if there is a glimmer of positivity to be gained from all this, it's that perhaps people will see the results of our single-minded attention to terrorism. I've always said that 9/11 was more of a disaster in people's heads (largely because of the way it was televisually available) than a disaster of real magnitude. For instance, in the summer of 2002, 3000 French people were killed by a heatwave, but that didn't revolutionize the way the world works like 9/11 did, even though it would be a lot easier and cheaper to ensure that old people have airconditioners throughout northern climes. But heat waves don't touch the imagination like towers collapsing do, so we restructured our whole government (and budget) around stopping another terrorist strike. Well, now perhaps people will realize that the world is far too complex to allow us to obsess about our own terrorism fetish. The scenes from New Orleans are clearly powerful images that will hopefully broaden America's mind(s) in regards to the MANY dangers that we have to be aware of. If you didn't follow the above link, you really should. It's shocking, but I'm SURE that New Orleans wasn't the only place to get shortchanged in the rush to create homeland security. How many other things are we vulnerable to that we aren't aware of yet? What's even more sad is that New Orleans is not that different of a situation than what we could expect from a massive terrorist assault (dirty bomb, etc.) and look how pathetic our government apparatus has been at saving people. It's been almost a whole damn week.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Good News For Retail

I know another poster that will get a kick out of the first paragraph of this article. You don't even have to read the article... just the first paragraph.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Retailers racked up solid sales last month, proving once again that American consumers are holding tough despite soaring oil and gasoline prices.

What exactly does "holding tough" mean. Does that mean that even through hard economic times Americans are still spending those dollars? Is this like Bush extolling Americans to spend money to help jumpstart the economy after 9/11? How about we don't rely on consumer spending to bail out the poor fiscal policies of this administration? This sounds an awful lot like... just throwing money at the problem. Isn't that supposed to be a trait of the Democrats? Brilliant.

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