Saturday, November 27, 2010

This Would Be the Best Episode of Saturday Night Live in At Least 10 Years

My favorite part is that Monster Gaga is wearing a dress made entirely out of cookies. The producers of Sesame Street are so smart. They have such a great attention to detail (the cheesy picture SNL uses for the bump-in, thanking Lorne Michaels, the closing credits), everything is just so well done. But I doubt SNL will give in to popular demand again or Bristol Palin would be hosting.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Weekly Picks

I'm still chopping away, finally improved to above 50% overall and have a pretty decent score thanks to winning 64% of my best bets.

OAKLAND -3 miami
Despite last week's destruction by the Steelers I still think the Raiders are better than the Dolphins.

kansas city -2 SEATTLE
I think the NFC West really stinks and I think the Chiefs are the type of team to beat lesser opponents.

philadelphia -3 CHICAGO
I don't think the Bears are any good. Have I mentioned that before?

ATLANTA -1 1/2 green bay
Matty Ice doesn't lose at home.

pittsburgh -6 1/2 BUFFALO

If the Bills win three in a row I'll eat my shorts. So now it's just a matter of the Steelers winning by a touchdown.

Last week: 3-2 (4 points)
Season: 28-27 (31 points)
Best Bets: 1-0 (7-4)
Home Favorites: 1-2 (8-8)
Home Underdogs: 0-0 (1-0)
Road Favorites: 2-0 (10-12)
Road Underdogs: 0-0 (9-7)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Do You Even Need to Ask?

Happy Thanksgiving

Song of the Week

"If You Really Wanna Go" - No Question
I listened to this entire album again, I have no idea how these guys didn't become huge stars.

The NFL is Poop - Week 11

This is the End
The Vikings fired Brad Childress for starting the season 3-7, but his biggest sin was sending a group of players to Mississippi to recruit Brett Favre for one more season. This team was really good last year and about the only difference is the play of Favre. And now it turns out Brett Favre may head for the hills also. I personally think Favre will hang on for 6 more games though to maintain his string of consecutive starts. No matter what happens though, coming back this season has permanently disgraced Favre’s name and legacy.

Are the Cowboys 3-7 or 2-0?
We know Wade Phillips is a bad coach but it couldn’t have been all his fault, could it? Two games is a little too early to give all the credit to Jason Garrett, but if he can win two games with Jon Kitna, he must be doing something right.

Maybe Big Ben Was Talking to His Daughter Before the Game
Richard Seymour delivered an open-handed slap to the face of Ben Roethlisberger. Apparently he was talking some kind of trash to him and Seymour said it was a natural reaction. They could have used Seymour to be a little tougher before he got ejected. They were down 20-3 at that point and ended up losing 35-3. And he got fined $25,000 by the league office. But at least we learned the Raiders are total pretenders who won 3 in a row against inferior competition.

Cardiac Kids
The Jets last four wins have all come on last second scores, against weak teams (Broncos, Browns, Lions and Texans). Either this bodes well because Mark Sanchez is proving he can make plays to win games or it bodes poorly because they can’t put away bad teams and will have trouble when the competition stiffens.

Vince Young is a Big Baby
Vince Young is a talented player who had a great college career. But since turning pro every time something didn't go his way he acted like a spoiled child. The most memorable incident is when he left his house with a gun, leading others to believe he was suicidal. His mom was so worried she called the team. But Young later played off the entire incident as a misunderstanding. There's no misunderstanding what he did Sunday against the Redskins. Young hurt his thumb during the game, and when he warmed up to try to come back in coach Jeff Fisher said his throws were inaccurate. He elected not to bring Young back, and the Titans lost. After the game he threw his shoulders pads into the stands. Then he reportedly muttered under his breath during Fisher's postgame speech. That led to a huge blowout between them. Young is angry that Fisher didn't have the confidence in him to bring him back. Fisher is angry that Young is a spoiled brat. The Titans held a team meeting to discuss Young's future, and Young was told not to attend. He's been put on IR. The Titans owe him $8.5m for next season (if there is a next season) but I think Tennessee will either get rid of Young or get rid of Fisher.

The Best Day of the Year
If you are a football fan the best day of the year is Thanksgiving. This year’s games are terrible, all 3 have a discrepancy of at least 4 wins between the two teams. New England should kill Detroit in the opener, the Jets will likely beat the Bengals on a last second play in the nightcap but the middle game could be meaty. If the Cowboys are really rejuvenated under Jason Garrett they could give the Saints a hard time at home.

If The Super Bowl Were Played Today
You’d have to say New England and Philadelphia would be in it. And in this rematch I could see the Eagles winning. Michael Vick obviously is not going to play the way he did against the Redskins every week. But he did more than enough against a much better Giants defense to win the game, though he had a lot of help from Eli Manning.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What Do You Give Me For? The Guy in the Training Video and Briles

What do you give me for Briles and the guy in the document retention training video?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Product Review: Shutterfly

We just had our annual Poop family holiday card photo shoot. I can't reveal any details about the card other than that all 5 of us were in it and that between Chase, Julian, Diesel and "Blinky" Mrs. Poop, it's very hard to find a shot where all of us are looking at the camera and smiling.

The other thing I can tell you is that the card is coming from Shutterfly.

We have used the site for our holiday card in the past, because it has good prices, good backgrounds and quality printing paper (not some cheap piece of paper, real photo quality prints).

And it doesn't have to be just for Hanukah or Christmas, check out the Valentine's Day Card Mrs. Poop made a couple years ago.

I can reveal that we will be ordering our card from among shutterfly's Hanukah layouts. There are 57 of them, usually us Jews don't get that many to choose from.

Shutterfly will not only help you with your holiday card, it can provide you with a cheap and easy gift idea, especially for grandparents. We really like shutterfly's photo books. We took a trip for my parents 40th anniversary and made them one to commemorate it. This year we made a great book capturing Julian's birth.

Another great gift idea is a calendar. Once again I am targeting my comments to those of you with children because you can take pictures of your kids from each season (Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, etc) and spread them out through the appropriate month. You can also use pictures of people to mark their own birthdays.

So check out shutterfly and you might find something good/easy to buy this holiday season.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wu-Tang Is the Second Best Musical Group To Come Out of Staten Island

"Tender Love" by the Force MDs is one of the classic R&B songs of the 1980s. Enjoy the video, which looks like it was shot a few doors down on the same block where they used to shoot the fabulous Marla Gibbs comedy "227" (notice the 239 on the door).

While listening to the song on youtube, I noticed several cover versions (none of which stand up to the original) by Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland and Uncle Sam (with Boyz II Men on background).

So I went to the group's Wikipedia page to see if there are any other notable cover versions I should be aware of. Instead I learned the group was formed in Staten Island, and they used to sing for money on the Staten Island Ferry.

Weekly Picks

MIAMI -2 chicago
The Bears are now the worst 6-3 team in NFL history. I like this matchup with the Dolphins strong defensive line.

PITTSBURGH -7 1/2 oakland
I know I said I liked the Raiders, and I do, but this game just seems too obvious. The Raiders are on fire, the Steelers just got smoked at home. The spread looks huge, but that makes it too easy to pick the Raiders.

NEW YORK JETS -6 1/2 houston
The Texans pass defense is the cure for what ails Mark Sanchez.

atlanta -3 ST. LOUIS
If the Falcons are really the best team in the NFC they need to beat teams like the Rams.

baltimore -11 CAROLINA

Why do I get the feeling I am falling into a trap? I am throwing out my backup quarterback rule because this guy never played. And the Panthers are short on running backs too. I don't expect a letdown from the Ravens because they lost last week, in tough fashion. I think 90% of the people will pick this game.

Last week: 3-2 (2 points)
Season: 25-25 (27 points)
Best Bets: 0-1 (6-4)
Home Favorites: 0-0 (7-6)
Home Underdogs: 0-0 (1-0)
Road Favorites: 2-1 (8-12)
Road Underdogs: 1-1 (9-7)