Friday, February 07, 2014
If you grew up a Mets fan, you grew up listening to Ralph Kiner. He had been broadcasting Mets games since the very beginning. I'd like to say he was a great announcer who expertly imparted his knowledge of the game to the fans. But I don't want to lie about a guy just because he died. Kiner will be best remembered for the funny things he said, even if he didn't actually say all of them. The most famous of his malaprops is "It's Father's Day today, so to all you fathers out there, happy birthday." Before he became a bumbling announcer Kiner was actually a great player posting a WAR of 7.5 or higher in 1947, 49 and 51. His career was cut short by a bad back though, he only played 10 seasons, averaging nearly 37 homers per. Even more surprising was the fact that he was somewhat of a Playboy, rumored to have dated Janet Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
By now, most of you know that I get dinner at work every night. We have a rotation of 10 or 15 restaurants. I almost always get the same thing every time we order from a particular restaurant. But last night I decided to switch it up and order the chicken under a brick.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Syracuse did a pretty cool thing for Saturday's game against Duke. There's a "fancam" that took a huge panoramic of the Dome in such high quality that even people in the last row, and second to last rows, can find themselves, and then tag themselves in the picture.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Worst Super Bowl Ever? It seems that nearly every year recently we debate if the just completed Super Bowl is the best ever. We don't have to have that argument this year, but this stinker certainly has a case for the worst. I'd still have to say San Francisco 55 Denver 10 is the least competitive, but this game was nearly as bad. For almost the entire game Denver could not move the ball against Seattle, nor could they stop Seattle from scoring. They gave up 4 turnovers and just played as bad a game as you can play. Manning's Legacy I was one of the people saying that Peyton Manning has cemented his legacy before this game. He's one of the all-time greats, and he just had one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever had leading a team to the Super Bowl for a third time. But his performance in this game was so bad, and so unlike how he normally plays that I think it's fair to reconsider whether he chokes, ok maybe not chokes, but performs poorly in big games often enough that it really is a thing and not just a random outcome or a product of facing good teams with good defenses. Trent Dilfer Won a Super Bowl, Too I have never been a big fan of Russell Wilson and nothing he did in this Super Bowl changed my mind. I think he is a great quarterback for this team. He very seldom makes mistakes and very often makes some great plays. But I insist that a team relying on Wilson to generate points wouldn't go very far. He needs to be on a team with a defense and a running game. That's exactly what he's got, so he's a deserving Super Bowl champion. But put him on the Redskins or the Jets, and I just don't think you get results anything like what he is doing in Seattle.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Maybe it was the quality of the game that soured me, but I can remember a single commercial that I actually liked. "Puppy Love" - Budweiser "Cowboy Kid" - Doritos "Time Machine" - Doritos "The Phone Call" - Radio Shack "Dad's Sixth Sense" - Hyundai "Gracie" - Cheerios "Empowering" - Microsoft "Going All the Way" - Coca-Cola "The Spill" - Danon Oikos Greek Yogurt "Nice" - Hyundai "Doberhuahua" - Audi "The Truth" - Kia
Sunday, February 02, 2014
At least if I get this game right I will be exactly .500 for the season, which I guess isn't so bad. Denver -2 1/2 Seattle This matchup has been well-established as offense versus defense. And invariably when presented with those options (or hitting versus pitching) I choose defense. But I am going with my gut here and trusting in Peyton Manning. I think he has the tools and the weapons to at least move the ball, and score enough, on any defense. I think they will stay away from the outside and Seattle's great cover corners, and instead use motion and matchups to attack the heart of the defense. Russell Wilson doesn't make mistakes, and he does make plays, but I doubt his ability to make enough of them to keep up with Peyton Manning. Last Week: 1-1 (0 pointa) Season: 47-48 (36 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (6-14) Home Favorites: 1-0 (20-22) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (2-1) Road Favorites: 0-0 (13-11) Road Underdogs: 1-0 (13-13)