Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Chase

Chase blows out the candle in his birthday Timbit:

birthday timbit

Chase Through the Years

Chase on August 21, 2007:

August 21, 2007

Chase on August 21, 2008:

August 21, 2008

Chase on August 21, 2009:

August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New York's College Team

Apparently the taxi cabs ads aren't working because Syracuse University now has a new strategy to help it appeal to New York City.

Syracuse has agreed to play three home games against Notre Dame and Southern California over the next seven years in the new stadium at the Meadowlands.

The Orange will face USC in 2012 and Notre Dame in 2014 and 2016.

The new stadium will seat about 80,000 people, 30,000 more than capacity at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse's home field.

Now, there's two ways of looking at this. One, it'll be a great thing to get 80,000 people watching the Orange (probably get killed) against two national powers. But on the other hand, are you alienating the core upstate audience? Will season ticket sales be hurt in those years by taking the marquee game off the schedule.


I think Snoop Dogg might be slipping. He appeared on SportsCenter and had a pretty poor showing when asked to freestyle.

That was almost as bad when he was freestyling with Paris Hilton. Would it have killed him to throw in a couple athlete references like this classic freestyle from John Cena.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Erin Andrews Lives Out Her Locker Room Gang Bang Fantasy

Erin Andrews is constantly telling us that she's just a sports reporter. It's not her fault she's hot. She just happens to love sports. She does not like the attention from boys looking at her all the time. She does not like geeky boys masturbating over her pictures on the internet. And she certainly doesn't think all the boys are looking at her when she walks into the locker room in a sexy dress. She's just one of the guys. And this GQ photo shoot will prove it.

Product Review: Wendy's Boneless Buffalo Wings

I love to eat wings, but I hate to get messy, which often creates a problem for me.
But that’s why I love boneless wings they serve at Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and even at CitiField. And that’s why I was very excited when I learned Wendy’s would begin offering boneless wings.
The wings come a la carte for $3.99 and $5.99 with fries and a drink. For that you get 6 or 8 pieces, a pretty decent portion.
You can get one of three sauces, and I of course chose Buffalo. But this is where I was disappointed. The sauce was sufficiently spicy, but it had some kind of sweet aftertaste to it. More like a sweet and sour sauce than a buffalo-style sauce I like.
The chicken itself was fine, about what you would expect from a fast-food restaurant, but due to the weird-tasting sauce I’m not sure I would ever get these wings again.

Song of the Week

"I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
The first dance for the Mr. and Mrs. Fox

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Maybe We'll Make This an Annual Thing

Last year I demonstrated the upheaval in Diesel's life by showing him at the door in Maine in 2007 and 2008. Now let's see what has changed in 2009.

Diesel in Maine in 2007:

Diesel in Maine in 2007

Diesel in Maine in 2008:

Diesel in Maine in 2008
Diesel in Maine in 2009:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Let Him Play

Michael Vick has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and pending review of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell could be cleared to play in a regular season game no later than week 6, and I think he'll probably be reinstated for the first game.

I think the commissioner is doing the right thing by allowing Vick to re-enter the league.

My opinions on dogs and animals are well-known, I don't even kill flies. And it isn't even worth discussing his crimes because no reasonable person would dispute the horrific nature of the things he admitted doing.

But Vick spent the last two years in federal prison and other forms of confinement, a punishment that if it doesn't fit the crime at least satisfies our societal need for justice and fairness.

While considering the next step for Vick I cannot come up with any party who would benefit for Vick's permanent exclusion from the NFL. Certainly not his real victims, the dogs, whose future care depends on Vick's gainful employment.

Won't society as a whole be better served if Vick became a shining example of rehabilitation and personal responsibility?

I don't view Vick as a recidivism threat, nor do I think this will be viewed by anyone as a light punishment.

I think Vick should be reinstated immediately, with a zero tolerance policy.

But looking at this from a football standpoint I don't really think the Eagles are the best fit for him. Vick is not ready to be an NFL quarterback, he was never any good in the first place, and now he has two years of rust.

I would think Vick would be best served going to a team with a big bruising back whom he could replace on third downs. I also think he would have value in the wildcat formation where he could replace a big slow (probably white) quarterback and be a threat to run or pass.

His skills seem redundant with Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb.

But more important than how he performs on the field, I hope the remorse he reluctantly expressed is genuine and that he becomes a force for positive social change.

What Do You Give Me For? Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The only thing I know about Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is that they look a lot alike

Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Javier Bardem

Story suggested by someone (Damino maybe?) a long time ago

What Really Happened

Long overdue, I know, but here's what really happened when Sgt. James Crowley arrested Henry Louis Gates.

Gates forgot his keys and tried to break into his own house.
A neighbor saw two guys trying to kick the door in and called the cops.
Crowley responded to scene where he was confronted by an already agitated Gates, who was pissed he forgot his keys.
And here's where the thing went off the rails.
Because Gates has spent years studying racial injustice he immediately had it in his head that the cop was there to harrass him because he's black.
In fact, according to the police report, when the cops rolled up to his house and asked him for his ID he said "why, because I'm a black man in America."
And at first Gates refused to show his driver's license, only offering his Harvard ID which didn't have proof of home address.
Gates was screaming and threatening Crowley, when Gates should have known he wasn't being targeted, someone had actually called 911 to report a suspected burglary in progress.
And here's the kicker, when Crowley asked to speak to Gates outside Gates said "I'll speak to yo' mama outside."

The reason why I decided to complete this post which I started about three weeks ago, is because that classic line wasn't reported in the mainstream media.
I had to read it in the police report. Well maybe you will say the police report contains inaccuracies, but Gates doesn't dispute any of this. Even at the famous beer summit he contended he was targeted because he was black.

So here's where the blame lies in this situation:
100% of the blame for his arrest goes to Gates. I don't care what color you are or how many years of oppression your people have suffered, in this situation Gates should have said "sorry officer, I forgot my keys, here's my driver's license to prove this is my residence. Thank you." Had he said that, this whole mess likely would have been avoided.

Blame also goes to the person in the Cambridge Police Department who said the 911 caller had identified the suspected robbers as black men. That wasn't true.

And last but not least, the President who turned the whole thing into a national shitstorm by taking his friend's word and making a half-cocked comment before he had any of the facts.