Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jim Boeheim Deserves to Be Fired

I'm so sick of writing about this because Jim Boeheim is quite obviously the worst coach in major college basketball, and everyone is finally starting to see it. He costs his team at least 3 victories a year by sticking with his stupid tactics no matter how many times they've been proven ineffective. He refuses to change. He refuses to work on foul shooting (for 20 years Syracuse has been among the worst free throw shootings teams in the nation, and this HOF coach can't figure out a way to fix it), he refuses to ever extend his bench so when you need an extra guy (say after an ejection and a foul out) the only guys left have never played in a game before, and he refuses to ever abandon his zone defense (even in games when man has been working much better).

But most galling is how many leads SU has blown over the years because of the prevent offense that never works. Let me say that again. It doesn't work. They blow every lead because he refuses to try to let them score.

With 5 minutes left he put SU in a no points offense. And yes the players made turnovers, and committed dumb fouls, and missed shots. And yes Boeheim will blame it on them. But the fact is, he took the ball out of their hands while they were playing great and gave Georgetown a chance to get back in the game.

And he's done this a million times before. The same thing happened against Pitt last year, he blew the game by trying not to score, and blamed it one bad turnover, when the real problem was the 5 empty possessions that came at his direction.

So he didn't learn after that debacle that cost SU a tournament berth, but you'd think blowing a 14 point lead (7 points with 45 seconds left) would teach him a lesson.

But there he was in overtime, with SU up 91-89 and a minute and a half left, calling for Jonny Flynn to pull the ball out. And then with 4 seconds on the shot clock Flynn drove the lane and got bailed out. Without that stupid foul SU loses this game.

I understand killing clock, but it can't start until the under 4 minute timeout. And it needs go like this, call a play and start running it with 15 seconds left on the shot clock. You'll still kill 25 - 30 seconds, but you'll give your team a chance to win.

Thankfully for us, SU held on. But they are so poorly coached they're not going anywhere.

Our only hope is that Mike Hopkins will see the error of Boeheim's ways and when he takes over in 20 years, we won't have to sit through the same shit every year.

What Do You Give Me For? Vlade Divac and The Concierge

What do you give me for Vlade Divac and the Concierge?

Story suggested by TallSkott

Note: I think this is not even close, other than they both have bushy beards, though Divac now sports a trimmer version. I'm only doing this because this is post #4444 in Poop history and FatScat was so happy about post #3333.

Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 13, 2009

You Can Lead Plastic Zoo Animals To Water But You Can't Make Them Drink

For some reason Chase grabbed some of his favorite zoo animals and brought them over to Diesel's water dish, assuming they were thirsty.

according to Chase, these are all dogs

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Save The Koala

Wildfires are currently decimating Australia, killing as many as 300 and forcing thousands more out of their homes.
But this cute picture makes it almost all worth it. An injured koala drinks from a bottle of water given to him by a friendly fireman.
Then is taken to an animal shelter where he gets his paws bandaged up.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Congrats to Stump

A Sussex spaniel named Stump wins Best in Show Honors at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, following in the paw prints of Uno and Rufus.


Here are some other pooches who caught my eye.

a dogue de bordeaux with some slobber on his nose
mrs. poop loves beagles
my least favorite dog breed, the Chinese crested
the neopolitan mastiff
not sure if this is the angle or if it really is a weird looking dog
getting your hair done is boring
what a face
dental exam

Song of the Week

"Right Here" - SWV
When the new season of Survivor starts tomorrow, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George will be one of the Castaways. Not only is she the wife of Eddie George but she was one third of one of the better female R&B groups that proliferated in the early 90s. Unfortunately for SWV, as far as feminine trios with three-letter names goes, they're only second-best. But I like this song.

Things I Thought While At Dan's Bachelor Party

I hate the Phillies, I hate the Eagles, so why do we keep going to Philadelphia for these things?

Our waitress at the Fieldhouse had huge boobies. I wanted everyone to talk quietly so she had to lean in closer to hear.

our big boobie waitress
we ordered wings but she brought breasts

Why were so many people fucking with Kevin? I've never noticed it before. But I think it happened at least four times this weekend.

My aim is still as good as ever.

Even though it was Dan's bachelor party, he wanted us to have a good time. I wanted Dan to have a good time, and the only way to do that was for me to have a good time. So I had a good time. And I think Dan had a good time.

You know you're eating too much when 15 people at the table ask you if you've seen "The Great Outdoors," then they start talking about the scene when John Candy eats the Ol' 96er.

Syracuse basketball is pretty embarrassing right now. They're sloppy on offense and horrible on defense. There was one fast break when no one even turned around.

Seeing Jack was the best part of the game. Though SCZA was a little furious that Jack stuck his hand in his beer, spilling about two dollars worth.

The lemon ices were the second best part of the game.

lemon ices make me smile

Josh has a strange obsession with Kevin's face. First he wanted to fuck it (and start then he wanted to punch it. Kevin's dad was not amused.

Somehow I ended up sitting next to SCZA at the game and at dinner. And we had a great time. Two Jewish superpowers who once held a years-long feud now get along swimmingly.

Trey is a misbehaving dog. But how can you get mad at a face like that?

I really wished Josh and Erin had given their dog a different name. I was so confused. At one point I thought Kevin the person had a slipped disc and Kevin the dog was taking his picture with two lesbians.

It should surprise no one that Billy and I dressed for the game almost exactly the same. What should surprise you though is that Alison seems to enjoy pointing out these similarities.

There was a cute girl sitting in front of me at the game, she was probably an SU freshman or maybe sophomore. She kept turning around to talk to me, and at one point she said "I'd love to be in the locker room at halftime." I gave her a puzzled look and she added "to yell at them." I said "oh, I thought you meant something else." Billy found this very funny, but I don't know why. It was a simple misunderstanding.

SEPTA really needs to enter the 21st century and do away with tokens.

McFadden's was like Faegan's South for one afternoon.

When your fraternity disbanded 12 years ago it's time to stop calling people "brother" and asking their numbers.

I love surprise guests. Especially when the surprise guest is Donald Mark Brierley, armed with an evil-looking goatee and some great life-after-divorce stories.

Spanish people call salad tossing, "el beso negro."

But the number one thing I thought this weekend: I'm getting too old for this shit.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Respect the Train

A train station operator in the U.K. is running an ad campaign reminding people not to run and drive in front of the train. Apparently people have been trying to take liberties by running and driving just in front of an oncoming train.
Last year they averaged about 3 near misses per week. 20 cars collided with a train and 15 pedestrians were killed.
Now they want people arrested if they ignore the lights and signs.

That video is reminiscent of the video of the Houston MetroRail which routinely crushes cars that try to turn into its path:

Monday, February 09, 2009

I Wonder if She Needs a Campaign Manager

PPD's favorite porn star, Stormy Daniels, is running for Senate against noted whore-monger David Vitter.

I think PPD should move to Louisiana and work on her campaign. That could be the fresh start he's looking for.

Cool Under Fire

Now that we have the real cockpit voice recorder from Flight 1549, not that fake one I've been passing off on unsuspecting Google searchers, we know just how awesome Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger really is.
Listen to how calm he is as he's about to land a plane in the river.

Here's the entire transcript of his communications. He's AWE1549.

Here's my favorite part:

Control: You can land runway one at Teterboro.
Sully: We can't do it
Control: Okay, which runway would you like at Teterboro?
Sully: We're gonna be in the Hudson
Control: I'm sorry, say again Cactus

And here's Sully's 60 Minutes interview:
Note: it goes black for a few seconds, but comes right back

"I was sure I could do it." Absolutely awesome.