...randomness surrounding Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, and other great indie rock bands; a quasi objective look at "my" sporting teams; the random horror film; plus other crap as we see fit...all with a Pittsburgh based feel.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bob's 50th Birthday Bash

Made our way to Dayton this weekend for Robert Pollard's surprise 50th birthday party. I would guess approx. 200 +/- family, friends, and fans in attendance. TOO MUCH FUN!! While it took a while for Bob to make his way into Bimini Bills, it looked like he was genuinely surprised and touched (to be sure).




A poster of Bob seen at the party read:

"God Made Him. He Broke the Mold."

Couldn't be more fitting.

The Heedonists were on hand to play a slew of GBV / Bob covers, with some various guest appearances, including Rich T and Jason Narducy. Here's one, with The Heed and G Lynn on the mic, doing "Harrison Adams." Sorry, it's a bit dark and the sound isn't that great, which has more to do with my camera I'm sure...


Then shortly after the High Strung from Detroit hit the stage, Bob came on board, and with some help from Mike "Rep" Hummel, did "Scalding Creek":


A mini GBV reunion followed, with Jimmy Mac on drums, Greg Demos on bass, and Nate Farley and Doug Gillard on guitar...doing "Cut-Out Witch." PURE MAGIC:


"Exit Flagger," "Subspace Biographies," and "Some Drilling Implied" were also played. The place was up for grabs at that point. Absolutely berzerker.

Oh, and the Bad Football helmet was making its rounds.

A ton of other GBV alumni on hand, including Tim Tobias, Chris Sluserenko, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin March, Don Thrasher, Jon McCann. Todd Tobias played some drums. Here's some more pictures from Dayton on this glorious day. Great seeing so many good people and friends, and major props to Rich T and Matt Davis for organizing this once in a lifetime event. Can not wait for Bob's upcoming shows at the end of November.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Yo La Tengo at The Warhol

Went to this show a couple weeks ago, and finally got around to downloading some video. No pictures to show, because the Warhol and the seating arrangements weren't really conducive.

Easily one of my most pleasurable show-going experiences that I can recall. If you get the chance to see YLT on their little "Freewheeling Tour", do yourself a favor and go. Sure, it's mostly acoustic and a little stripped down, but the intimate setting with story telling element and the fan Q&A was very cool.

Here's a Stones cover..sorry, a little dark in there (I told you it was intimate)...

The Saints are coming

god that was lame. sorry.



Anyway...old school Aussie punk at the 31st Street Pub, THIS Sunday at 8:00pm. Depending on how I feel at this point, I think we may be there. LOVED the Saints.

Also, nice little show up at Gooski's Saturday night, one of EC's favorite acts, Amoeba Knievel is back for some Halloween funsies.

Futbol Weekend...

DVR will be working overtime this w/e...Pens on Saturday night, and a ton of top notch footie...

SATURDAY:
9:30am - GolTV - Schalke 04 v.Werder Bremen
10:00am - FSC - Chelsea v. Manchester City
7:30pm - FSC - MLS Playoffs, NY Red Bulls v. New England
7:30pm - Fox - PENS / Habs
8:00pm - ABC - PENN ST v. Ohio St.

SUNDAY:
10:00am - GolTV - AC Milan v. Roma
Noon - FSC - LIVERPOOL v. Arsenal
1:00pm - CBS - STEELERS v. Cincinnati
2:00pm - GolTV - BARCELONA v. Almenia
4:00pm - GolTV - Valencia v. Sevilla
5:30pm - FSC - INTER v. Palermo

that's some serious couch time

Michel Therrien, Line Changer Guy

I love Therrien, but I wish the guy WOULD STOP PLAYING WITH THE LINES, PLEASE!

Every night out there's a change. And coming off of their 2 best defensive performances of the year, Therrien did it again. Can we let these guys develop some chemistry, maybe?

The 3rd line of Roberts, Talbot, and Armstrong has played well all year, and should be left alone.

And what was wrong with Sykora playing along side Sid?

No, the last couple games, we were lacking some scoring chances, but isn't that gonna happen when you're being more disciplined defensively? JHC, we win 2 low scoring games, the Flower is finally back in form, and we come out with wholesale changes against the Leafs?!?

I'm not the expert, but let's find something that works, and let it be for awhile...at least for more than 60 minutes.

Also, we lead the league again in Too Many Men penalties. I can't help but think that the constant changes may lead to some confusion and a few Too Many Mens. Maybe I'm wrong....just a hunch.

On the good foot....

I'm really liking this Adam Hall character. He's a big body, and he's been great on the PK along side Staal. He also did a great job aggravating Jagr on Tuesday. And he's winning some face-offs, something the Pens have needed recently. Matter of fact...it appears the entire team has shown improvement in this area.

Fleury...was a STUD Tuesday against the Rangers. When he's playing with confidence, his ability and talent in the pipes is top notch. Then he takes a step back last night.

All Time Steelers

As part of the Beloved's 75th Anniversary year, the Steelers have announced their All-Time team, as voted on by Steeler Nation. Not sure why the Best CB on the Team, Bryant McFadden, didn't make this list. But besides that, I've got no complaints...

OFFENSE

Terry Bradshaw - Quarterback (1970-83)
Jerome Bettis - Running Back (1996-05)
Rocky Bleier - Running Back (1968, 1970-80)
Franco Harris - Running Back (1972-83)
Bennie Cunningham - Tight End (1976-85)
Elbie Nickel - Tight End (1947-57)
John Stallworth - Wide Receiver (1974-87)
Lynn Swann - Wide Receiver (1974-82)
Hines Ward - Wide Receiver (1998-Present)
Larry Brown – Offensive Tackle (1971-84)
Dermontti Dawson – Center (1988-00)
Alan Faneca – Guard (1998-Present)
Tunch Ilkin – Offensive Tackle (1980-92)
Jon Kolb – Offensive Tackle (1969-81)
Mike Webster – Center (1974-88)

DEFENSE

Joe Greene – Defensive Tackle (1969-81)
L.C. Greenwood – Defensive End (1969-81)
Casey Hampton – Nose Tackle (2001-Present)
Ernie Stautner – Defensive Tackle (1950-63)
Dwight White – Defensive End (1971-80)
Jack Ham – Outside Linebacker (1971-82)
Jack Lambert – Middle Linebacker (1974-84)
Greg Lloyd – Outside Linebacker (1988-97)
Joey Porter – Outside Linebacker (1999-2006)
Andy Russell – Outside Linebacker (1963, 1966-76)
Mel Blount – Cornerback (1970-83)
Jack Butler – Defensive Back (1951-59)
Carnell Lake – Safety (1989-98)
Troy Polamalu – Safety (2003-Present)
Donnie Shell – Safety (1974-87)
Rod Woodson – Cornerback (1987-96)

SPECIALISTS

Gary Anderson – Kicker (1982-94)
Bobby Walden – Punter (1968-77)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Phil Simms, Jag Off


This morning on the Mike & Mike show, "football analyst" Phil Simms was asked...

Who would you take right now, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?

I'm rather tired of the constant comparisons myself. You would think ESPN could come up with something a little better, being the "world wide leader" and all. That said, Phil Simms responded...

"I think it's beneath me to answer that."

And then babbled some more pompous nonsense, while avoiding a rather simple question that he gets paid to answer.

You, Phil Simms, are a major league JAG OFF.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Defenseless and O-Lineless

I was worried for a whole day after the Beloved's loss to Denver Sunday. But after listening to Tomlin's press conference, I am a tad calmed. That said...

The D stunk. The O-Line stunk. And I'm kinda thinking the 'throw early 'n often' game plan sorta stunk.

Polamalu's my guy, but some blame's gotta be thrown in his direction. Troy was caught out of position that lead to some big plays, and you can't help but correlate his return from injury to a few of the defensive backfield lapses. WAY too many 3rd and longs converted by Cutler, that had me reminiscing about the 2003 season. However, could we really expect any better with the Best CB on the Team not even dressed?

Despite the TO's, I thought Ben played well. You can't have Mahan rolling snaps back at ankles in the shotgun and not expect a turnover. Marvel Smith, what's going on? And the Steelers brass is looking pretty smart right now for not upping Faneca's contract, because he does not look like the same player. We need the O-Line to step up.

But like I said, my worries have simmered. Let's give the Broncos and Cutler some credit. They had their backs against the wall, in front of a national TV audience, and they played like everyone thought they were capable of at the beginning of the year. This was a trap of all traps. I mean, it's not like we lost to...the Bengals.

Just like the Seattle game, this w/e's game against the Felons has become a lot bigger. But Cincinnati stinks, and I'm suspecting we'll run all over their lame defense, Tomlin & LeBeau will make some necessary defensive adjustments, and all will be well again next Monday.



The Pittsburgh Steeler television viewing market sucks...when the Steelers aren't playing.

I'M FRICKIN SICK AND TIRED OF WATCHING THE BALTIMORONS EVERY WEEK!!!!!

Is there a more lame team to watch? Damn, it would suck to be a Raven fan and be forced to watch that crap every week. I mean, it's pretty boring, no? How far does a forced Ray Lewis tyrade get you? I thought Brian Billick was an offensive genius. Or is that just in his own mind?

PENS v. Rangers tonight, kids!!! On Versus, HD, early 7:00 start.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Kuyt From the Spot

OK, two PKs, one in stoppage time, I know what the Liverpool nay-sayers are sayin. But I'll take it. And besides, they were both great calls. You cheat, you get caught. Unless you play for Chelsea.



Liverpool. Winner.

Effin A, we needed that. Especially with the rest of the Big 4 winning. A win on the road against a quality opponent. Now if we can earn something more than a frickin draw at Anfield against the crap teams?!?!?

HUGE Champions League implications Wednesday for my Reds. A an absolute must win situation on the road at Besiktas. Otherwise, we're screwed. A couple of quality matches on ESPN2 the next couple days...

Tuesday - 2:30pm, Barcelona v. Rangers

Wednesday - 2:30pm, Chelsea v. Schalke 04

Ooooo Danny Dichio!!!!

Dichio strikes again!! How could we ever doubt you? How could we call you "awkward"? I believe Jess referred to you as "Frankenstein." Blasphemer, I say! He is Danny Dichio, Striker. He scored the 1st ever goal for the beloved TFC. He scores the last goal of the season as well, in incredible fashion...in stoppage time, at BMO, the equalizer against New England. Magic...



Simply can't wait for a return trip to crazy BMO, and beautiful Guelph Ontario. Next summer...Winner.

Laraque vs. Brashear (again)

Call me a goon, call me old school, but I LOVE it when these two guys square off...




Appears Hockeyfights.com voted this one 47% Georges, 28% Brashear, 24% Draw. I give Brashear a lot of props, a) for even squaring off against Big Georges in the 1st place, because there aren't too many left that want any part of him, and b) for the baby comeback at the end. But let's face it, this is another victory for the Heavyweight Champ. Brashear got one punch in at the end, that was all helmet, and Laraque unfortunately lost his balance. But Laraque was whaling on Brashear for the most part of this bout.

Was Brashear playing possum after the early beat down? Perhaps. Hopefully, this will lead to another meeting between the two.

In the undercard, Jordan Staal mixed it up in his 1st NHL bout with Matt Pettinger. Staal accidentally high-sticked some dude, and Pettinger felt the need to act like an enforcer. Note to Pettinger: if you're going to play tough guy, lose the shield. And there's no hair-pulling, Sally. Click on the link to see this one, but it's really not worth it. Pretty lame stuff.

More notes from the Pens 2-1 winner over the Caps Saturday night...

BRAVO Fleury!!! Marc-Andre was on top of his game, and coincidentally, those Defensemen I was ripping after Friday night's game played their best game of the year. Super cool seeing the team surround him after the final horn.

Mark Eaton!! Holy smokes, dude. You sucked Friday. You played incredibly well, Saturday. More of the latter, please.

Ditto Ryan Whitney.

Nice to see Staal get off of the snide, and we need to see more goals like this...winning battles in front of the net...scraps...loose puck , desire goals. Ugly, I like.



And if you're keeping score at home: Crosby 8, Ovechkin 1 (wins, that is).

Make no mistake, Alex is a stud, but he was held w/o a point for the 1st time this season Saturday, and for the 3rd time in the last 4 against the Pens.

Real Men Of Genius - Hopeless Notre Dame Fan

Bashing Notre Dame never gets old. Especially after another 38-0 tit smacking at the hands of USC. This is good times...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pens Shootout. Winner.

Christensen...



Sykora...



Sid...


Not shown...sick glove save by Dany Sabourin on Ray Whitney at the opposite end for the clincher.

A couple of other observations from our 1st live witnessing of the year...

Sykora. Sniper. Stud.

I rip on Malkin once and awhile for trying for the perfect goal all the time, but Gino's playing well right now. Not sure he even got in the box score Friday night, which is fine, but he had a great game.

Maxime Talbot is one of the best we have on the ice right now. Consistent energy. Our 3rd line has been top notch all year.

Mark Recchi - GREAT effort tonight backchecking. A couple, at least that I recall, plays hustling back on D and breaking up some Carolina scoring chances.

Staal - looks a step slow, like he doesn't have his legs yet. Maybe its just early season stuff, but he looks wobbly on his skates at times. I know he's all tall and shits, but he just looks a little awkward at times.

Our blue-liners stink. Sorry. Ryan Whitney and Mark Eaton were particularly pathetic on this night. The back-pedal, back-pedal, matador style clearly isn't cutting it. Fleury hasn't played that great, but some of the blame needs to be passed on to our Defensemen, no doubt. Sabourin played well after that early Ray Whitney slapper, but if we're gonna do anything this year, we need Fleury to regain his confidence and play like he's capable of playing. That won't happen unless our D-men start to step up a bit.

Asshats Being Asshats


thanks again to my Ass Hat specialist for this one...

Friday, October 19, 2007

Kenny Being Kenny


Let me get this straight. Jason Varitek and Josh Beckett have a problem with the way Kenny Lofton drops his bat after a walk (or in the case of last night, what he thought was a walk).

I've got a hard time making the Red Sox the Respect Police when they employee a high paid clown in LF, who disrespects every pitcher he ever faced.

Also...love the single off the top of the fence. But that's just Manny being Manny.


I officially don't like the Red Sox. Which is nice, because now I've got a team to root for.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

McCarverisms, What 'Manny Being Manny' means to me

I swear, during Tuesday's 7 run 5th inning for Cleveland, I heard Tim McCarver in his ultimate wisdom (Casey Blake had led the inning off with a HR)...

"One would think, that a lead-off walk would lead to more runs scored, than a lead-off home-run. Not true. This year, there have been more runs scored after a lead-off home-run than a lead-off walk."

Really? That one had me scratching my head. Think about it for a second.

off the subject: Does Mike Lowell look like he's pissed? All the time?

One more from the McCarver files Tuesday...referring to the Indians, leading 7-3, holding the Red Sox in the top half of the 7th, Tim enlightened us mathematically challenged people...

"Right now, the Red Sox have 9 outs to get 4 runs."

Thanks Tim.


A lot of people think Manny's act is cute. Often, it is. But I've come to translate "Manny being Manny" as: Manny's the biggest dildo in baseball.

Chasing 4, about to go down 3 games to 1, Manny proved the only thing he cares about is his own #'s.

Word is that Indians Mgr Eric Wedge warned his players about retaliating. I guess Wedge is a much bigger person than me, because Manny would've been wearing one in his back after his next at bat. I would've plunked the next guy in the line-up as well (Lowell, I believe), because it doesn't appear that any of Manny's teammates care about being embarrassed by him.

I don't care what kind of numbers the guy puts up, he's a dirt bag. And I wouldn't want him on any team I root for. Since I don't have a favorite baseball team, I'm glad I don't have to worry about selling out, and rooting for a classless turd.

Monday, October 15, 2007

So Long Cincinnati

It was nice while it lasted. You had a little run there for a couple years where everyone thought you were relevant. You had the funny little WR who was worth the occasional sound byte, and did silly little end zone celebrations. Your other WR liked to talk trash and wear a pony tail.

Now it's old hat. Sure, you can score some points once and awhile. Your worth a few headlines with all of the criminals on your payroll. But when it comes to the upper echelon of NFL teams, you are now meaningless.

Your most recognizable accomplishment is a home loss in the 1st Round of the Playoffs two years ago...a loss in which you cried about your star QB getting injured.

Thanks for coming. Have fun imploding the rest of the year.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Inland Empire


Before we kicked off our 31 days of horror last week, we checked out David Lynch's new release on DVD, Inland Empire. I'm still not sure what we watched. And from what I've heard, I'm not sure the actors even knew what was going on. Incredible performance from Laura Dern.

While it loses you halfway through, it's still one of the most beautiful, gorgeously weird movies I've seen in the past year. Definitely check it out. Just don't try to understand it...

Beloved 4-1 at the Break

So I predicted 5-0. I'll take it. More impressive than the 21-Nil whitewashing over that Whiny Walrus-Looking Holmgren and the Cryhawks was the depleted squad the Steelers played with last week. Without their 2 MVP's on the defensive side, Troy and Casey...without the Best CB on the team, McFadden...without their top 2 WR's, Hines and Holmes...the beloved still pummeled Seattle.

Props to Ben, who went 18/22 with a depleted WR corp...as well as Ike Taylor, the 2nd Best CB on team, who got NFL Defensive Player of the Week Honors.

We're the 3rd best team in the NFL right now, and that will become even more obvious after New England beats down the Cowboys in Dallas this week.

I LOVE Mike Tomlin.

Pretty shoddy w/e of football coming up. No Steelers. My European footie sides are off for the International Break. Two games to keep an eye on Saturday...

Penn St v. Bucky

Toronto FC v. LA Galaxy. Live on FSC at 10:30pm Saturday.

Yeah, TFC has long ago been eliminated from playoff contention, but knocking off Turd Box Landon Donovan would be fun.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Bob Shows, it's OFFICIAL!!!!


Bobby Pop playing live:

Friday - November 30th at The Metro, Chicago. GET TICKETS HERE.

Saturday - December 1st at the Southgate House, Newport KY. Coolest venue ever. $10 CHEAP, GET 'EM HERE.

Can't think of a better road trip. Only 2 shows of 2007. This. Is. EVERYTHING.

Speaking of Bob, his 2 latest are out....TODAY! Coast to Coast Carpet of Love / Standard Gargoyle Decisions. Go to Merge Records, and get 'em both HERE.

Here's a couple tracks, one from each:

RP - Current Desperation (from CtCCoL)

RP - Pill Gone Girl (from SGD)

and some video here:

RP - Shadow Port (from SGD)

They will let you down everytime


no Bartman, same story...Cubs lose.

(left click to play; right click to download)


Friday, October 05, 2007

Pens Open Tonight, Essential Football

throw in a few horror movies (which we'll get to next week), and it looks like baseball is the odd man out here. Just not enough time, TV's, and eyes in a day. Essential sports viewing for the weekend...

Pens at Carolina FRI - 7:00pm
Pens vs. Anaheim SAT - 7:30m - HOME OPENER!! So. F&$kin. Pumpt.

Footie, the less boring without commercials version:

SAT - Inter Milan vs. Napoli, 2:30pm - FSC. Inter in fine form now.
SAT - Valencia vs. Espanyol, 4:00pm - GOLTV. Two La Liga also-rans.
SUN - Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 11:00am - FSC. Rafa better make things right.
SUN - Barcelona vs. Athletico Madrid, 11:00am - GOLTV. Ronnie's back.
SUN - Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, 1:00pm - FSC. Super Classico!! Crackin Argentina Footie!!

Speaking of footie...what's the deal with Dida?!? Do these guys not realize they're on TV?!?!? "Not exactly a Mike Tyson haymaker."



And for the 1st time in a LONG time, I can say...

Toronto FC. Winner.

It's DIVISION I FOOTBALL:

RMU Homecoming!! 1:00pm, SAT. Joe Walton Stadium. Bring on Wagner (and the free Hometown Pizza at halftime).

Oklahoma / Texas. Red River Shootout.
Florida / LSU.
Penn St. / Iowa.

SUNDAY...

Steelers. Seahawks. The Puffy Walrus (cover up the buffet table!). Oh...and that whole thing about remaining calm, "all is well" thingy. Forget that. Polamalu and Hampton are probably OUT Sunday. Consider me worried.

Meeting my quota of baseball posts for the month...

One observation from the Cleveland / Yankees series...

Seriously. When Kenny Lofton hits...does it look like he's swinging a purse?

Garrett Anderson plans on playing LF for the Angels tonight...with PINK EYE. As former Pink-Eye guy, I guarantee that's not gonna work too well.

Anyone own a team out there? Jim Tracy is looking for work.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bad Times for Bucky, Dingle Berries, The Champions


Not a good month for those named Bucky. It'll probably get worse if the Cub should lose to Arizona.

Wo...

thanks to footballguys.com for that

How am I supposed to watch baseball when hockey starts this week? With Champions League and other footie action, it's already tuff fitting everything in. This week's meaningful results...

Inter Milan 2-Nil. Winner.
Barcelona 2-Nil. Winner.
Liverpool 1-Nil. Loser. AT HOME?!?!?

go here for updated CL standings.

Benitez better find a line-up that works here pretty soon, and start sticking with it. All these massive changes every night are killing the chemistry these guys had early in the season. I understand the injury situation isn't helping, but we need to get back on track here...NOW! And Sebastian Leto should never see the field again in any type of meaningful game. Sorry.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Remain Calm. All is Well.

So the beloved Black & Gold took a hit Sunday. It was a loss that I'd penciled in as a win. The good news...when you look back at the schedule, some of those L's that I'd penciled now look like potential W's. The supposed tough games now look easier...

Cincinnati stinks. Baltimore stinks. The Jets stink. Denver kind of stinks.

No doubt Arizona was a setback, and there are some concerns, but as I look around the AFC, I don't see anyone better (other than Indy and New England). So I'm sticking by my 12-4 pre-season prediction, which will probably be a #3 seed the way NE & Indy are playing. Here's what worries me / doesn't worry me:

Not worried:

* Big Ben. I'm on record as thinking he's got some personality flaws (putting it kindly). But he's my QB, and I've gotta say he's playing better than last year. I've never doubted Ben's talent, only his willingness to hit the film room, and maximize his physical talent by mastering the mental part.

* The D. We gave up 2 Teeds with Troy on the bench. Prior to his exit, Leinart & Warner couldn't do crap. Per Tomlin's press conference today, he's fine...not even listed on the injury report. With Troy on the field, we are one of the finest D's in the NFL. Also OK per Tomlin, perhaps the 2nd MVP on the DEF...Casey Hampton.

* Tomlin. While this will be the biggest game in his early tenure, you've gotta love the down-to-earth calmness. Mike's not worried. So I'm not worried. A loss was bound to happen. It was a road game, and it's the NFL (as opposed to Division I Football). It is what it is (I hate that saying).


* Kicking game. Looks like drafting a punter in the 4th round was a genius move. Dan Sepulveda is a stud, and may have well been our most valuable player Sunday. Skippy is solid as well.

* Hines Ward. He's day-to-day, and should be back this week. He'll help, yet I don't think his injury was one of the main reasons we lost. Santonio Holmes is the shiznit, yo.

* Willie. See OL below.

* The Division is as good as ours. Book it.

Kinda worried:

* OL. Worst game by far for the O-Line...which was the demise of the offense Sunday. Hopefully, we can chalk this up to the Whisenhunt / Grimm factor on the opposing sidelines. Hopefully. Bottom line...they've gotta be better.

* McFadden. If it wasn't for Ike's bloated contract and Deshea being a veteran, I firmly believe #20 would be a starter. After all, he's the best CB on the team. Now he's out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain. Yes...this has me worried. Get well soon, B Mc.

* Kick coverage. Another lapse in coverage...and it swung the momentum of the game. This can't happen.

* Penalties. Way too many Sunday, most at crucial times. While I like the laid back approach from Tomlin, I hope he'll be able to lay down the law when necessary. Discipline on the road is crucial.

* While we'll still win the division, and perhaps a 1st round playoff game...the AFC Semi-Final at either New England or Indy will be a bitch.

With all that said, we come back home Sunday against another patsy NFC team...the Seahawks and their whining walrus-looking coach Mike Holmgren. Winner.

Elsewhere in football...

Champions League action is back this week kids!! Set the DVR's. ESPN2 and ESPN Classic will be showing matches Tuesday & Wednesday - 2:30pm & 5:00pm. Barcelona / Stuttgart, today at 5:00.

Now that the Dolphins lost a game that Joey Porter guaranteed they'd win, what happens now? By the way...no fault of Joey's on Sunday. He had 4 tackles.

Pretty cool story about my guy, # 8 Stevie G...

Apparently, Gerrard was driving around Liverpool the other day in his Bentley, and he accidentally hit some kid with his car. Gerrard, obviously worried, attended to the 10-year old boy until the ambulance came. It turns out...the kid is a Manchester United fan!! After Gerrard found this out, he called Wayne Rooney, and got a pair of autographed boots to give to him n the hospital. The boy's grandfather said about Gerrard...

"He's a nice bloke very considerate, even if he is a Red."

Saturday, September 29, 2007

It's Division I Football!!

(said in Colorado HC Dan Hawkins voice)


After today's crazy college ball saturday, I couldn't help but be reminded about this little tirade here...

Coach to kid: "Go play intramurals."

Financial interests took a small hit today. Sure. But other than my beloved Nittany Lion, I had no real rooting interest in all of the other Top 20 upsets today.

Oklahoma = Loser. Texas = Loser. Rutgers = Loser. Clemson = Loser. WVU = Loser (friday). And yes, Penn St = Loser.

But as I caught the last minutes of the Auburn / Florida game, I couldn't help but root for Auburn after they showed some Florida chic in the stands wearing a foam gator hat...crying...while the game was still tied. Florida = Loser.

Speaking of "Florida = Loser", Urban Meyer was looking way too cool for school when he called that last second timeout to ice the Auburn kicker. A tad pompous, perhaps. Ala Charlie Weiss or Brian Billick. I'm glad they lost. F 'em.

Oh...and Notre Dame is now 0-5. Notre Dame = Loser, again.

As far as football without commercials goes...

Liverpool = Winner. Inter = Winner. Barcelona = Winner. Toronto FC = okay, another Loser.

Inter Milan vs. AS Roma

Today, FSC, 2:30pm (delay). Serie A's top two squads.

The rest of the weekend is relatively meaningless. At least until 4:15pm Sunday.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Yo La Tengo, other Pittsburgh shows

We've had a lot of football on the brain here the past month (if you couldn't tell), so the tuneage has been a little neglected lately. Unfortunately, we've missed a couple shows in the past month, including the Meat Puppets at Mr. Small's and the Mountain Goats at the Rex Theatre (last night dammit!). But I've vouched to give the remote control a rest, and get back out on the streets in October.

Here's a few around town that we may / may not be checking out...

Yo La Tengo - Tuesday, October 9th, TWO (!!) shows (8 & 10pm) - Warhol. HELL YEAH!!!
This should be fun, especially within the intimate confines of the Warhol. And you better hurry, kids. Word on the streets...the 8:00pm-er is already sold out.

Here's some YLT...

(left click to play; right click to download)
:: Yo La Tengo - Little Eyes ::
:: Yo La Tengo - Lewis ::


AMOEBA KNIEVEL, with Satanic Bat, and Dookie Houser Emcee - TONIGHT - Bloomfield Bridge Tavern - 4412 liberty ave. Local Tommy Amoeba never disappoints. Satanic Bat is described as "over-the-top stoner doom rawk" and Dookie Houser as "goofy white sex rap." Good times. THREE bucks cheap.

Minus the Bear - THIS Saturday, Sept. 29th - Diesel. I've never gotten into Minus the Bear. Unless someone can convince me, I may pass on this one. Check 'em out on MySpace.

The Mekons - THIS Sunday, Sept. 30th - New Hazlett Theatre. It's Sunday, and the Beloved play on the West Coast. Translation - I'm out.

Matt Pond PA - Tuesday, October 2nd - Diesel. The "PA" is supposed to stand for Pennsylvania, so props to Matt for this inclusion in the name. I guess. Ok...I've got nothing going on Tuesday. I'll go. I'll go. I'll go. Maybe. We'll see. Kinda cool website, with tunes.

Andrew Bird - Tuesday, October 2nd - Carnegie Music Hall. Actually, this is probably the show to go to on this night. Hear some Andrew Bird on MySpace.

VHS or Beta - Sunday, October 7th - Carnegie Mellon. This might be fun. But, see the same problem with the Mekons show.

Grizzly Bear and Beach House - Friday, October 12th - Warhol. Sold Out. Guess I won't be attending this one. Pretty melancholy stuff, but I kinda liked both of these acts at Pitchfork.

The Pipettes - Saturday, October 13th - Diesel. The question is: Would I go to this show, and admit it to my homies? See video below...





Wilco - Friday, October 19th - A.J. Palumbo. It's not that I don't like Wilco...I do. But I'm not sure I'd spend $90 big ones on admission alone (for 2, plus crazy fees). Been there, done that...at smaller venues and cheaper prices. In this here day of picking and choosing...I'm passing.

The Weakerthans - Saturday, October 27th - Mr. Small's. I think I'd like to see this one, but we've got previous engagements. Hear some Weakerthans on their MySpace page.

Jennifer O'Connor - Wednesday, October 31st - Club Cafe. It's a Wednesday. And we like Wednesdays. And we like Jennifer O'Connor...and Club Cafe. Besides, there could be worse things to do on this night...like passing out candy to little kids. Listen to some Jen O'Connor on MySpace here.


The Fiery Furnaces - Friday, November 2nd - Mr. Small's. I'm starting to tire of good ole Mr. Small's. It's WAY too jam packed, and I'm tired of feeling like a sardine drinking my beer with alligator arms while I stand behind some tall dude. On a weekend night, it's usually the "thing to do" in Pittsburgh, and there always seems to be a larger contingent of hipsters, most of whom don't seem to care about the act on stage (I'm reminded of recent TV on the Radio and Built to Spill). That said...I'm going to this one.

The Decemberists - Tuesday, November 13th - Carnegie Music Hall. For anyone who knows Jess, you know we'll be at this one, as well. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28th...which is TODAY! SHIT...I've gotta run...I'll be back in a moment...hold that thought...

...welp...can't find tickets or even a listing anywhere. Cancelled? Sold Out? Who knows. Moving on...

My Brightest Diamond - Wedensday, November 14th - Warhol. Saw her open for the Decemberists in Buffalo. Lovely, lovely voice.


They Might Be Giants - Thursday, November 15th - Mr. Small's. A "14 and over show." So thank you for that. Not sure I'd go if 13 year-olds were permitted to attend. Go check out the TMBG Venue Songs here (then click "Pittsbugh").

Peter Bjorn and John - Monday, December 3rd - Mr. Small's. If the rest of the songs are as catchy as that damn "Young Folks" tune, count me in. Why not. Mondays typically suck, so this could liven it up a bit.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Kurt Warner, Guarantees, Pass the Dutchie

Memo to Ken Whisenhunt:

PLEASE start Kurt Warner Sunday. He will get obliterated. It'll be fun.

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Joey Porter guarantees a win over Oakland this Sunday. Way to go out on a limb there J-Peezy. Oakland? The Raiders? Seriously?

And what all these athletes forget when they make these stupid guarantees is the "or else" part. If you don't win, what happens? You just go on to the next game? That's not how the real world of guarantees work. There's always an "or else" part. Like...

"I guarantee we win this Sunday, or else I'll soak myself in lamp oil and beat myself with a stick."

That's how a guarantee works.

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What day and time is the "Town Hall Meeting" for Michael Vick next week?

If you're ever on the fence as to whether or not you should defend Michael Vick, simply remember these two words...

Strangled Dogs.

speaking of Vick, and ending this post on a happy note...

There's No "I" in Solo

but there's a few in "Brutal Coaching Decision."

If you haven't heard or seen Hope Solo's blasting of U.S. Head coach Greg Ryan for his bright idea to switch goalies 1 game before the Final, here ya go...

Hope Solo Blasts Dumb Ass Coach


"It was the wrong decision. Anybody who knows anything about the game knows that. The fact of the matter is it's not 2004. It doesn't matter what somebody did in the Olympics three years ago. It's 2007 and I think you have to live in the present."

Gotta love it when coaches try to outsmart themselves. Not sure what Ryan was thinking, but you've got to feel bad for the entire U.S. team. It wasn't like they'd lost a game in the LAST 51 MATCHES!! And besides, Hope Solo is much hotter than Briana Scurry.

I wonder who will start the 3rd place game vs. Norway??

Best 45 Minutes of Football I've Ever Seen


Granted, being a relatively new fan of the game, "ever" covers a pretty small sampling. But anyone, fan or not, who witnessed the Barcelona / Zaragoza match Wednesday got a real treat.

I know I go on my tangents about why I love this game, but this display of excellence from Barca, against a pretty good Zaragoza squad, was an absolutely amazing and dazzling display of athleticism and teamwork. Infrickingcredible. If you have the means, I highly recommend checking out a reply...and simply watch the 1st half.

And Lionel Messi is the Best Player on the Planet. There...I said it.

GOLTV will be showing a replay - THIS FRIDAY - 4:30pm EST. Set the DVR's, the VCR's, the Beta's...whatever you need to do. But if you ever felt like giving this beautiful game a try, check out this performance from Barca. AND...you get to hear the wits and passion of the one and only Ray Hudson. Commenting on how unstoppable Barcelona was in the 1st half, Hudson compared defending them by saying...

"It's like trying to nail jello to the ceiling."

One more note from the football world, which somehow passed by my last post:
Toronto FC has scored a goal.

We lost. But we got a goal. 800 and some minutes of drought is over. Here's looking to next year, TFC. I'm still on board.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Who Needs Ronaldhino?; Mid-Week Footie; Penn St Losers; Steelers Winners

This goal from Barca's 2-1 win over Sevilla Saturday is just sick. Not only the finish by Messi, but the pin-point delivery from Henry is even more incredible. Tied Nil-Nil in the 70th minute, minus Eto'o, Ronaldhino, and Puyol (all injured), what a way for these two world class players to step up. And with only 5 points in 3 games, this game was huge for the Beloved.



Just kidding about Ronnie. Apparently though, talks of his move to Chelsea won't die down. I actually saw this morning that he'd already agreed to terms with Chelsea, per the ESPN bottom line ticker. And you know its official when it's from the "World Wide Leader." But Barcelona brass, including Frank Rijkaard, insists their relationship with the Brazilian stud are fine and that he is staying put (his contract runs through 2011.) Ronnie's agent (who is also his brother), also denies the move. So that's good.

I was pretty excited to see the possibilities of the fantastic 4 this year. But with injuries and benchings, I don't believe all 4 have been on the field at the same time this year. Speaking of big matches, there's some great midweek footie on today...

GOLTV - 4:00pm - Barcelona vs. Zaragoza. With a win, we can temporarily take the top spot in the table (Real Madrid plays Thursday).

Wednesday Serie A action on FSC:

2:30pm - Roma v. Fiorentina. Roma's got a 2 point lead at the top after a 2-2 draw vs. Juve Sunday. Fiorentina's only 2 points back, and it appears Roma will be without Francesco Totti, as he'll rest up for Saturday's big match against Inter, and next week's Champions League tilt vs. Man Utd. Speaking of Totti...I can't think of a better excuse to post this lovely picture of Ilary Blasi, Italian model and Francesco's wife. Que bella!




4:30 - Inter v. Sampdoria. Amazingly, with how poor they've looked so far, Inter is still sitting in 2nd place only 2 points back. With a win and a Roma loss, we could be back atop the table where we belong. That would be cool.

Carling Cup:

Lots of Carling Cup action this week. I missed Liverpool's 3-2 win over Reading yesterday. But I did see the highlights. NOTE TO RAFA: Fernando Torres NEEDS TO PLAY. Instead of being the potential difference maker in Saturday's disappointing 0-0 home draw to Birmingham in Prem play, Torres plays Tuesday in the Carling Cup and scores a hat trick.

The Carling Cup is 3rd on the priority list...behind the Premiership and Champions League. I love Benitez, but he's gotta get this straight. With a full 90 outta Torres Saturday, we probably don't drop 2 points at home to a promoted squad.


And speaking of disappointments...I'm tired of losing to Michigan and frickin Lloyd Carr. Penn State once again comes up short in the big game, and here's your 3 reasons why:

1) Anthony Morelli. Talented strong arm does not a QB make. He's not a winner, pure and simple. One look in his eyes during a big game will tell you that.

2) Game plan. Trying to play smashmouth played right into Michigan's hands. Did Joe Pa see any of the Oregon game? Or the USC or Ohio State games from last year? Instead of utilizing our talented WRs (and strong arm of Morelli), we're content in playing not to lose. So...we lose.

3) Austin Scott. Sorry, bud. You've had your chance to shine with Tony Hunt gone, and you've literally fumbled it away. Scott shouldn't get a meaningful carry the rest of the year.


Anyone checked my pre-season predictions lately? 3-0 and rolling. Seems everyone forgot we were only 1 year removed from a Superbowl, 2 years removed from a 15-1 season. Now...we've got rid of a lame duck HC in Cowher, we've got a better secondary, a better #2 WR in Holmes, and 1 more year under Ben's belt.

No reason to be surprised. We're still behind New England and Indy, but that's about it. Sure, we've played some weak opponents, but burying lesser teams is part of the equation. 12-4 is looking much more realistic.

And Bryant McFadden's the best CB on the team :)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Futbol (Football) Weekend


HUGE weekend in footie this weekend, but a few thoughts on last week 1st...

I can't stand T.O., but the NFL fining him for his little videotaping celebration was a tad ridiculous. *****

Break Up The Browns!! JHC...does this mean we were all wrong on Derek Anderson, Romeo Crennel, and Cleveland last week? Or most people were wrong on Cincinnati as a viable Superbowl candidate? *****

Champions League action is back. SO pumpt for Tuesday and Wednesday football.*****

Well...the next 48 hours is all about the footie, starting w/ Liverpool v. Birmingham at 10:00am Saturday morn...eggs, bangers, ham, and mash with a Newcastle chaser at Piper's. By the time I order an encore, it should be 2-Nil.

Oh, yeah...you'll need Setanta Sports to watch Liverpool tomorrow. Unbelievable...we were on top of the table for a lone week, and got dissed by Fox Soccer and Setanta. Instead of the dazzling Nil-Nil draw between the Reds and Portsmouth last Saturday, Setanta aired the Rugby World Cup. Great.

Making matters worse for my side, Arsenal and Man U were both involved in potential 1-point affairs, but both pulled out 3 late in their respective games. So we fall to 2nd place for the time being. Well, at least Chelsea kept pace.

Speaking of Chelsea, the Special One is out. I'll take him at Inter right about now. But dude needs to seriously smile for once in his life.

Admittedly, my Nerazzuri kinda suck right now. After only 1 Matchday, Internazionale is already in must win mode in the Champions League. Inter once again this weekend, will not be on FSC. Instead, we get Milan / Parma on Saturday at 2:30 (I'll watch the 1st half, I guess). But on Sunday...we need to set the DVR for Juventus v. AS Roma, 9:30am on FSC. Easily, the biggest clash of two titans in the early part of this year's Serie A. After Juve's upset loss to Udinese last w/e, I'll be pulling for them to knock off Roma from the top.

Another one of my teams sucking right now...Barcelona. Maybe I'll take Jose there, as well. All I know is, with the talent Rijkaard has, he better get these boys going...NOW. As in Saturday afternoon...on GOLTV, Barca vs. Sevilla, 4:00pm. With only 5 points in 3 games, and the new-look Real Madrid already clicking, and Sevilla staring down from above them, tomorrow's game is huge. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. I'll need to DVR this one as well...

b/c at 3:30 Saturday on ABC, we throw on Joe Pa and my Nittany Lions...going into the Big House, where we are gonna peel back some Wolverine boobie!!! That's right, after it's all said and done tomorrow, the media will probably look back at this game as a ho-hum win for Joe Pa with Michigan being all 1-3 and stuff. But this game is EVERYTHING for Penn St. This game will define our season. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

blog plug insertion here...if you're a PSU fan, gotta bookmark the following here blog: There Is No Name On My Jersey:

http://gloryofoldstate.blogspot.com/

good stuff.

Other games of interest on Saturday, which will need to be DVR'd and watched later Saturday eve, maybe with din din and some vino:

9:30 am, GOLTV, Bundesliga, Bremen vs. Stuttgart

Noon, FSC, Premier, Fulham vs. Man City

I don't think I'm gonna be able to fit in the England / USA Women's World Cup match at 8:00am on ESPN. I've watched some Women's action the past week or so before work, and while it may be more exciting than meaningless regular season baseball, there's only so much time in a day. Sleep's gotta get some dibs.


I know there's probably a logical reason for all I know, but why in the world is the Women's WC not played in the summer?? I thought it always had been. Just seems to be too much going on in the Fall, with European soccer leagues underway, the Champions League and UEFA Cup just starting...not to mention the NFL and NCAA (which I'm sure they care less about). I just think I'd watch more of this if the calendar weren't so bombarded already.

Then...SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!! (said in Monster Truck guy voice). The big day. My beloved Black & Gold get to smack around their 1st of 3 consecutive NFC doormats in San Fran (Arizona and Seattle are next). Yeah...so San Fran is 2-0. Sunday won't be close. Lay it.

Oh, and if you're going to the game Sunday...I hope you're not sitting lower level in the end zone, where Tony Siragusa will be grazing for Fox, and may get in your line of view. He's the big, meaningless, without a purpose guy who a small minority find to be amusing.

Then, after a beautiful long day of tailgating, it'll be time to watch some of that DVR in action, starting with:

Man Utd vs. Chelsea (on FSC at 11:00am). Jess will root for her little Ronaldo and Rooney lads. I'll be rooting for a draw. Both the Mancs and the Blues will go to 12 points in 7 games. After beating Birmingham Saturday, Liverpool will have 14 in 6 games. And even though Arsenal will still be ahead after beating Derby, I'll take it. For now.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS RULE!

Dumb and Dumber

thanks to Stooges boss Bachman for this heads up...

Free Cars! Chris Henry Probably Isn't Felonious; Just Dumb (from Deadspin)

Henry basically had his car stolen, got a rental from Hertz, and didn't pay for it because he thought his insurance would take care of it. Hilarious stuff from another former WVU-er.

Chics Dig the Football

thanks to Moose Knuckles owner, The Face, for this...from Barstool Sports:

Female Fan Survey Proves UB's Theory

for the record, I obviously do not agree with this theory. My theory is...

Our team rules. Your teams suck.

Penguins Town Hall Meeting

Wow. So far behind here. Ton of stuff to catch up on, starting here...

Ended up sneaking outta class early so I could attend the Penguins "Town Hall Meeting" for season ticket holders at Mellon last night. About 4,000 of us showed up to hear CEO Ken Sawyer and Prez Dave Morehouse talk about the details of the new arena and other organizational developments. GM Ray Shero was on hand to talk player personnel, and Steigy MC'd a Q&A with a few players...including Sid, Colby, Staal, Fleury, Whitney.

Quote of the night, when a young fan asked the question, "Why did you decide to become a Goalie?", Marc-Andre Fleury responded in deep French Canadian accent:

"Because I suck to score goals."

Can't express how much I love this team. While it's nice to have a talented young team to root for, it's the personalities of this group of players that makes them downright wholesome. These are just plain old Good Guys. They're the Anti-Barrasso's. And their passion is infectious. It's an exciting times to be a Pens fan. By the end of the night, I was near tear thinking about the future of this team.

What do they say? Anything not worth being passionate about...is not worth doing. Or something like that.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Brownies, Cheating vs. Wanting Some

The Cleveland Browns are to the Pittsburgh Steelers what the Washington Generals are to the Harlem Globetrotters.

OK...I wouldn't go that far. Matter o fact, I've got some close friends who cheer on the Brownies, and I'm starting to feel pretty bad for them. They deserve a little better, me thinks. How's this for starting your season:
  • Jamal Lewis - 2 yd run
  • Frye - incomplete
  • Frye - sacked
  • 14 yard punt (which included 4 different Cleveland penalties)
  • Pittsburgh takes over at the 22 yard line, 4 plays later, 7-Nil
  • Ugh
Not that I'm complaining, but this rivalry has become somewhat placid.

And how is it possible to be the starting QB for your team in Week 1, play 20 ineffective minutes, and be traded less than 3 days later?!?! Frye was somewhat less than a world-beater, but what's that say for your coaching brass? When your flipping coins to decide on your starting QB in the pre-season, something is wrong.

Speaking of New England Patriot coaches (past and present) I guess this was a pretty bad week for the "geniuses." Romeo Crennel seems confused. Charlie Weiss, while being a prick, remains lost at Notre Dame. And NFL commish Roger Goodell came down, albeit rather lightly, on brainiac Bill Belichick for being a fraud.

Maybe that's why Crennel and Weiss have become complete failures at their new gigs. They can't videotape opposing team's signals anymore. I'm not for taking away their Super Bowl rings, and don't think it completely demeans all of their accomplishments, but don't give me a Sean Salisbury and say the whole cheating thing is meaningless. If it's not that important, why go through the hassle of doing it? Why risk the embarrassment?

I like the loss of draft picks, but why not suspend Belichick? When you consider that Cowboys QB Coach Wade Wilson got suspended 5 games for using HGH, why not suspend Mr. Personality for something that has infinitely more to do with the rigging of actual games?

That's right. Wade Wilson is an assistant coach. He has diabetes. He uses HGH to help him with his impotence, and gets suspended 5 games. He loses a third of his salary because he wants a little more activity in the sac...I mean bedroom. Belichick is videotaping signals, making adjustments accordingly, and he misses zero games. His fine of $500,000 is only 1/8 of his salary. Interesting double standard, don't cha think?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater


or something like that. Hey, kids...speaking of pumpkin...pumpkin spice is back at yer local Starbucks establishment. Nothing says Autumn and Football like "Grande Pumpkin Spice Americano With Room." Seriously.

Just when you thought you knew someone, my whole world gets turned upside down. Bill Belichick was thought to be a genius. Leading 3 historically respected franchises (The Bloated Stiffs, The Meat Helmets, and Sweep the Leg Johnny) to multiple championship titles myself, I can relate to the burden of the genius tag. I not only idolized the 3-time Super Bowl Champ, I was this close to buying my first Bill Belichick Fathead, complete with hoodie and cut-off sleeves. Now, he's an admitted cheater?!

Not only should Belichick be suspended, but since his players and their respective stats have benefited from this scandal, Tom Brady should be ineligible for every Fantasy League for the remainder of the year.

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On the serious tip, major props to the Buffalo Bills training staff, who apparently did all the right things immediately after Kevin Everett's life threatening injury this Sunday. I'd heard they even practiced this same procedure days before the injury. One day it was reported that Everett may be paralyzed for life, now it sounds as though he may even walk out of the hospital. We will keep our fingers crossed, but what an incredibly heart warming story.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Knock. Knock. Who's There?

Last week, some Pens players actually hand delivered tickets to a handful of season ticket holders. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.

Curiously, one woman who met Sidney Crosby at her door, said:

"I don't think you'll win the [Stanley] Cup this year," she said. "Not yet. Maybe next year."

Blasphemer.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Please Show the QB's Parents in the Stands One More Time

Please! It'll be great. Promise.
Jimmy Clausen. The next Ron Powlus? Maybe?


Most of yens probably don't remember the heir to Rick Mirer, the golden boy who was supposed to win 2 (yes...2!!) Heisman trophies, per Beano Cook.

Who knows. Clausen will probably end up being a great QB. Maybe better than Brady Quinn. But where will that get the Golden Homers in the long run? Another ass blasting in another major bowl they didn't deserve?

Fact is, besides NBC and the Irish faithful, Notre Dame's proud football tradition has become meaningless in the larger scope of things. The majority of the top echelon recruits don't care about the nine horseman, or whatever. They want Southern Cal, Florida, Texas, or...Happy Valley!

How much fun was that? Notre Dork even tried to make it interesting for awhile. The nifty little screens, flares to the wideouts in the flats, dump offs. Clausen should be proud that he went 8 for his 1st 10, or whatever. Actually, Charlie Weiss should be proud he kept a leash on his golden child. Otherwise, it could've gotten ugly. Like Michigan ugly.

Save that Michigan thought...

I shouldn't blast ND so much. But...hating on ND makes me love college football so much more. It's nothing personal. I just don't like their pompous ass. And it's even that much better when your team pounds them.

That's the magic in football. Bust yer ass all week, Saturday and Sunday come, watch your guys knock the crap out of their guys. It's nice.

Michigan. Dude. I'm not a Wolverine hater. But how bad has it got? 39-7 at home? I know it's those crazy Ducks, and Dennis Dixon is aw good n' shits...but seriously? Crazy thing is...they could still win the Big 10. I doubt it...but it's mathematically possible...and stuff.

And speaking of Charlie Weiss. I know I called him "Chubby" the other day, and for that I apologize. I am one with my bloatedness, so I wasn't trying to poke fun. As a matter of fact, I'd heard some of the f*t jokes tonight, and it sounded rather childish. So I wasn't trying to go there. I just think he's a dick. Nothing personal.

HEY...and speaking of Clausen, I've got no idea where this came from...but THIS IS CLASSIC WHOEVER'S THIS IS. CLICK HERE!!!!!!

Friday, September 07, 2007

new Bob Interview...

Robert Pollard Interview on suicidegirls.com

sweet! some talk in there about the new ones on the way.

Bad Football, Good Football

Quote of the day, from the best sports radio personality in the business today (imho), Steve Czaban, while somewhat boldly predicting the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC West:

"At some point, Ashley Lelie has to prove to be not a turd."

BAD FOOTBALL:

Michigan. OK fine, so Appalachian St. is supposedly one of the best Division I-AA teams out there. Hang your hat on that, if you must. If not the biggest upset in college football history, it's still pretty laughable. But probably the biggest slap to Wolverine nation...


Michigan had to pay Appalachian St $400,000 to visit the Big House!! Thanks for the beat down, here's your cash!!!


Georgia Tech 33. Notre Dame 3. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! Nothing better than an Irish ass-kicking in front of their holier-than-thou fans while the nation witnesses on their own network. Well, there is one thing better...investing $$ against the Irish as Notre Dame was actually a 2 point favorite!! Doesn't get any easier.


Notre Dame will always have its backers, which deflates the line in Vegas. And anytime they play a good team, they lose. Book it. Charlie Weiss's next win against a Top 25 team will be his first. But he gets a contract extension while Tryone Willingham was shown the door.

Can't wait until this Saturday when my Nittany Lions will get its chance to completely pummel frosh QB Jimmy Clausen and the Irish. Good times in Happy Valley. Too bad I'll miss it, while I'm busy being one with the wilderness.


Inter-Milan. So my boys won 2-Nil vs. Empoli. They still don't look like the same squad from last year. Suazo has yet to mesh up front with Ibra. Materazzi is out for 4 months. No sight of Crespo. We get smashed by Barca in a friendly. Only 2 weeks in, so I'm not ultra worried, yet. Yet. Gotta dig those new white aways, though.


Toronto FC. So Danny Dichio didn't turn out to be the stud I thought he was. However, when he wasn't looking awkward, he still put the ball in the net, occasionally. But now he's been added to the season-ending injury list along with Jeff Cunningham and Ronnie O'Brien. We may not score a goal until next year. These are the bad times.


Chelsea loses to Aston Villa 2-Nil. Lampard is out. Drogba went down in stoppage time. The "Special One" looks lost. Good news for Liverpool...


GOOD FOOTBALL....




Liverpool 6-Nil over Derby!!! Without #8. Dood...I'm telling you. This is Liverpool's year! Torres up front is a STUD, Babel's flying around, Alonso put 2 in the net Saturday, even Pennant's playing well. The boys are hungry to end the drought. Better yet, they've got the talent and depth to do it.

We are now atop the table to stay. And you'll never walk alone.


Barca. So Eto'o is injured. Big deal. May even be a blessing, since Rijkaard won't have to play games with his line-up now. Just roll out Messi, Ronnie, and Henry up front, and let 'er fly. One big signing for Barca that went a bit under the radar this summer...Eric Abidal from Lyon. Not being familiar with French footie, I'd never seen this guy play. Dude is good. Set up Ronaldhino with a gorgeous cross Sunday.

Michigan St. Did you have the Spartans this week? I did.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Damn You People! This is Golf!


So someone from the gallery once again screwed up Tiger's game this weekend, snapping off a picture in the middle of his swing, and prompting Tiger to hollar and scream about it...again.

Damn, I hate it when that happens. You just don't mess with someone's swing, man.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Not so fast my penis


the opinions expressed by these dudes do not necessarily reflect those of this blog. i think.

corso is cool. i guess.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Appalachian State Beats Michigan

I Called It!!!

College Football Kickoff

So Virginia Tech has invited Nas to play a free concert for their students Sept. 6th, as a benefit to the school and community for the shooting spree tragedy that happened on campus last year. Nas, who I must admit I'm not too familiar with (so I won't pass judgement), has a song that contains the lyrics...

"Shoot 'em up! Just shoot 'em up! What? Kill! Kill! Kill! Murder! Murder! Murder! Shoot 'em up! Just shoot 'em up! What? Kill! Kill! Kill!"

Alrighty then.

to the game on the field...

Not a great card to get started, but I'll take college ball over the NFL any day of the week. Unless, of course, we're talking the Black & Gold. Here's a few I'll keep an eye on this Saturday, at least in between real football games :)

Florida International at Penn St. Joe Pa should have this one in the bag by half.

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame. Always fun watching Notre Dame lose, especially when it's at home in front of their pompous fan base. Chubby Charlie Weiss was at it again this week, refusing to tell the media who he'd start at QB. Dick.

Tennessee at Cal. Rarely does Tennessee make a trip west of the Mississippi. That means, a) no annoying "Rocky Top" chants, and b) Cal shouldn't be intimidated like they were last year in front of 100,000 + in Knoxville. I expect the Bear to get some revenge this year, although I'm staying away from the line. Nice prime time affair to get the season started.

Oklahoma St. at Georgia. I'm liking the Bulldog here...in a big way. Oky St's a nice club, but I think the Bulldog whales. Remember a couple years ago when Boise St came to play between the hedges. They were a slight Teed underdog as well, and went back to Idaho with their tits peeled. Look for the same to happen here.

Bobby Mo in action today at the friendly confines of Joe Walton, taking on Dayton. Go to Colonials Corner...RMU play-by-play guy Andrew Chiappazzi's got your whole scoop. GO BOB!!!!!!!

Tomorrow...

11:00 am. Aston Villa vs. Chelsea. Piper's Pub. Boxties. Bloodies. Who's with me?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Joe Lies When He Cries

So I'm watching the Little League World Series Sunday, completely engulfed in the extra inning affair between Georgia and Japan. Maybe "engulfed" is a tad overboard. But the 8th inning walk-off HR by some kid from Georgia was pretty cool.

Georgia kids and families go berzerker. The Japanese kids cry.

What's with all the fricking crying?!?!? I mean...I'm not picking on the Japanese kids, because every losing team cries.

Not to sound like the old guy, "when I was a kid...blah, blah, blah," but when I was a kid, if you cried after a baseball game, you were ridiculed by your fellow Little League-ers. It was embarrassing. Now it's like the in-thing to do. Grow up, already. It's a frickin baseball game! It's not like your coach slapped you on National TV or anything...


Thursday, August 30, 2007

World Class: Goal, Stiff

Last night's Superliga Final, LA Galaxy vs. Pachuca, Chris Klein with a simply amazing goal in stoppage time to notch it at 1's. It dudn't get any better than this...


Game goes to PK's, where Landon Donovan proves once again why he's such a stiff. KICK THE BALL YOU ASS CLOWN!!!!!! You're a great player, but YOU ARE EMBARRASSING your country already!!!

For those who know Landy Cakes' little pre-PK ritual, this is old hat. But this time, he has a chance to win the game, and he gets completely snuffed by Pachuca's Miguel Calero. This video's rather long at 8 minutes (shows the entire Shootout), but worth seeing the end if you despise Donovan the way I do...


Pachuca wins. And I'm not sure I can root for US Soccer while Donovan is its leader. Real tough.

How do you spell 'Retard'?

Brett Myers, Phillies RHP and wife beater, gave up back-to-back HR's earlier this week, essentially blowing the game against the San Diego Padres. When approached by reporters, Myers basically said he thought they were good pitches and the two long balls were "pop-ups."

Interesting take on "pop-ups." Anyway...here's what ensued when he got annoyed by the reporters, including the interesting choice of the slur "retard"...




Hey...speaking of Ass Hats...

Travis Henry has fathered 9 children by 9 women in 4 different states. That's not the Ass Hat part. I mean...nothing wrong with having 9 kids, especially if you're an athlete with a $22.5 million contract and can afford to do so (ok...maybe some people will take issue with the 9 different women thingy).

But the problem is, Henry's spending habits have apparently interfered with his child support payments. In lieu of sending his kids cash, Henry saw it fit to spend $146,000 on bling. JHC!! That's $46,000 more than what he paid for his car!