...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.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Coach's Decision (Knockout Stage)



"It was the wrong decision."

Referees have had a lot to say about the outcomes in this 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately for the U.S., a dreadful decision by Bob Bradley cost his team a chance to move on. There is absolutely zero reason why Ricardo Clark should have started over Maurice Edu in the Round of 16. Bob Bradley pretty much admitted as such how awful the choice was when he substituted Clark off in the 30th minute. The yellow card Clark received after his costly turnover simply gave him a good excuse to sub him.

Sad to see the U.S. team bow out where they had a legitimate shot at getting to the semi's. But maybe by 2014, they can find a legit striker, because Jozy Altidore doesn't cut it in these eyes.

While it may not be as glaring, we couldn't help but think of the Hope Solo benching a few years back for the US women.

SASSY...

World Cup Day 15


The Group of Death closes out as the Group of Bore. Not one good match between Brasil, Portugal, or the Ivory Coast.

Spain, my pick to click, comes all the way back from a 1st game loss to Switzerland to win Group H. Their reward...#3 world ranked Portugal in the Round of 16.

Thank God Switzerland didn't make it through.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

World Cup Day 14


At least Italy tried in the first two games. The first half of this game against Slovakia was one of the most embarrassing efforts I've ever witnessed. At least try. As a fan, that's the least I can ask for.

Italy goes home early and with Serbia being ousted the day prior, my self-proclaimed genius is diminishing.

The Netherlands, otherwise known as Holland, comes through for me. And the stock on this Honda dude from Japan continues to rise.

World Cup Day 13

U-S-and-A! U-S-and-A! U-S-and-A!!!




thanks to gbvh for that :)

World Cup Day 12


Uruguay winds Group A and I become THE SMARTEST MAN ALIVE!

France goes home as predicted and my genius is further confirmed :)

Nigeria can't get a 3rd goal to keep me perfect.

Argentina plays their B Team (and Messi) and still beats Greece.

World Cup Day 11

Portugal scores the first touchdown in South Africa, and North Korea is anointed the worst team in the tournament. Speaking of North Korea, anyone catch this dude before their first game...



I wonder what the tears were like after the Portugal thrashing.

Oh...Ronaldo has finally scored for his country.

Those crazy Spaniards get back on track with a 2-Nil win over hapless Honduras.

World Cup Day 10


Italy outshoots New Zealand 73 - 3 and still can't find the talent to score the ball. Draw. These are the bad times.

Meanwhile, Brasil easily disposes of the Ivory Coast as the Group of Death becomes more like the Group of Anticlimatic.

World Cup Day 9

Three shit games. Who cares. PAVEMENT PLAYS TORONTO!





World Cup Day 8


Serbia stuns Germany. I call it. But I fail to wake up in time to place my +500 bet. I don't even have beer to blame this time.

US is robbed.

England looks like shat.

World Cup Day 7


Diego Maradona and Argentina are rollin.
Justified red card ruins Nigeria's chances.
France still sucks.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

World Cup Day 6


CHILE! CHILE! CHILE!

Finally a team who wants to move forward and score goals. They got one. But at least they get an "A"for effort. Confirmation on Honduras as one of the tourney's worst teams.

Spain, the greatest team ever on paper, loses a stunner to Switzerland 1-Nil. The Swiss basically played like Italy normally does, sitting guys back in their own end the entire match. But Switzerland is praised after the big upset. Everyone is now looking forward to the Chile / Spain match. Sitting back and defending doesn't appear to be in the Chile DNA, so this one should be a cracker with Spain getting the 3. My pick to win it all will get through this Group, but my confidence has dwindled a tad.

DIEGO FORLAN!!! My pick to win Group A puts on an impressive performance and is perhaps a draw against Mexico from winning the Group.

World Cup Day 5


Italy fans rejoiced the late stoppage goal by New Zealand, which notched all teams in Group F with one point. I missed it due to letting the dog out. Both New Zealand and Slovakia stink, and it will be embarrassing if Italy can't get through this group.

Ivory Coast looked like the better side against Portugal in a Nil-Nil snoozer. Didier Drogba played after getting his arm amputated.

And Brasil toyed with North Korea before disposing of them 2-1. In the contest for worst team in the tournament, North Korea looked a tad better than New Zealand, despite losing. The third squad in this competition will be Honduras, who plays on Day 6.

World Cup Day 4


Missed the Netherlands match due to beer. Cameroon, my pick (and the consensus) to come in 2nd in Group E looked downright pathetic. Eto'o looks out of place on the right side, and some dude named Honda on Japan was the best player on the pitch...scoring the loan goal.

But the big match of the day featured my beloved Italia. As a fan, I can admit this Italy team has its weaknesses. They're old, they lack a big time goal scoring striker, and they're not very creative in the midfield. And without Pirlo for the Group stage, goals are going to be even harder to come by. They're rather pedestrian in their attack, and prefer to play a defensive minded game...usually irking footie fans outside of Italy. That all said, the "analysis" from ESPN commentators after a 1-1 draw with Paraguay was not only off, but sort of irresponsible.

It sounded as if the post game analysis was written before the game was played. According to ESPN experts Steve McManaman and some other ass clown whose name I forget, Paraguay was an offensive force, despite the fact they crossed the final third of the pitch only twice in the first half. It was the same old Italy, "dinosaurs" as they called them. True, the Italy strike force lacks some creativity and relied heavily on desperate crosses into the box, but they at least attempted to attack. Basically, Paraguay out-Italied Italy the entire match, deciding that offensive possession was unimportant. That would have been a more appropriate analysis. Instead, McManaman and Unknown Ass Clown chose hate as the avenue of analysis. Shame, shame.

Seeing Mauro Camoranesi enter in the 2nd half was a plus. The De Rossi goal was a plus, seeing he'll be relied on much more in 2010 (although the goal against was his fault). The Gigi Buffon injury is a huge blow. I liked what DiNatale brought to the match. Pepe was the only player in a blue jersey who showed a sniff of taking on defenders one-on-one. And we desperately need Pirlo back in the line-up to replace Montolivo, who looked lost. The draw salvaged a better chance at winning Group F, but the chances appear dim much further after that.

World Cup Day 3 (1 week late)


I vowed to update after every day of the World Cup. I also vowed not to miss a minute of the action. Both vows went out the door early. I blame beer. Moving on...

Day 3:

After dismantling the Socceroos 4-nil, Germany is now the greatest team ever. Coincidentally, they've played with this new "Jabulani" ball in the Bundesliga for the last 4-6 months. My pick of Serbia for winning Group D does not look good. And Joachim Loew has the best helmet in the tournament...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

World Cup Day 1


Day 1 notes:
  • South Africa was crazy enough to win that game. Alas, a deserved draw for Mexico. A lot of people confused on that Mexico non-goal for offsides, including the ESPN announcers. Upon further review, it was. RULE CHECK HERE. It's actually rather simple.
  • Thierry Henry becomes the 1st French player to play in 4 World Cups. He then cries "hand ball" and the Irish people laugh at him. We did, too.
  • Quote of the day: "Patrice Evra is one of 25 or 26 siblings, depending on what story you believe. The father had a couple of divorces, and didn't watch much TV."
  • Uruguay defends the final 15 minutes with 10 men, much like they defended for the first 75 minutes, but with more desperation. France sucks and lacks passion. Group A is all notched and all 4 teams could advance.
  • My boy Diego Forlan missed a golden opportunity to take the 3 points.
  • I'm not an England fan, nor a U.S. fan. I love Gerrard and can't stand Donovan, but don't have a rooting interest in the U.S. match...at least until I place my wager. But personally, I think the "The combustible Wayne Rooney" theory that's being used as a crutch for U.S. supporters is pretty desperate.
This piece from the Onion (thanks Jess!) is probably more fuel for the footie haters, but hilarious nonetheless. Enjoy this interactive piece HERE:

The Onion Sports Introduction To World Cup Soccer

Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup Winners

The moment no one's been waiting for...EC's official World Cup predictions:

Group A:

Although I'm predicting South Africa could pull an opening day upset (if not draw) against El Tri, I'll say their good enough to bounce back and get 2nd place here. Lame duck French manager Raymond Domenech will be put out of misery early, and I love what Uruguay has up front with Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. I was real close to taking South Africa to get through, but a late call from one of my sources suggests that's the wrong call :)

Uruguay - Winner
Mexico - 2nd

Group B:

Could Diego Maradona possibly screw this up? Struggled to qualify, but Argentina gets a cupcake group. I'm saying Messi shows the world why he's the best player on the planet, gets them thru this group and onto a possible favorable match-up against the Group A runner-up. Hopefully, for the casual fans sake, we won't be robbed of seeing this man play for awhile. Alas, I've got them getting to the semis. Nigeria was dealt a blow with the John Obi Mikel injury, but they've still got enough quality to get past South Korea and defensive minded Greece to get through. And I'm a long time Obafemi Martins guy.

Messi - WINNER
Nigeria - 2nd


Group C:

Yanks supporters are gonna be pretty disappointed early. Too much world class talent on the England side. While talented players aren't new to the Brits, a top notch (Italian!!!) manager is. Fabio Capello will have England prepared for a long run in this tournament...perhaps all the way to the Finals. A tough 2nd Round game looms with either Germany or Serbia (2nd place from Group D - we say Germany), but if they get by here, they could get all the way to the Semis where they'll most likely face Brasil or the Netherlands...otherwise known as Holland :) 2nd place will go the U.S., and Landon Donovan can continue his look-at-me antics for one more round (where they'll lose to Serbia, if not Germany).

England - Winner
Yanks - 2nd

Group D:

Tough group, but we'll go with Germany to get through the Group Stage as they always do. The loss of Ballack isn't much, in these eyes, but they still won't experience the success they had in 2006. The Germans will take 2nd to our mild upset pick to win this Group: Serbia. We love Stan the Man Stankovic from Inter Milan, and Vidic is a stud on the back line. The Winner of this group will avoid England, and could face a favorable match against the U.S. in Round two vaulting them to the Quarters where anything could happen against the Argentines (but we say that's the end of the line). Australia and Tim Cahill will be hard trying, but they had their run in '06. Ghana's fate was sealed when Essien was ruled out due to injury.

Those savy Serbs - WINNER
Germany - 2nd


Group E:

I love the Netherlands this year. Wesley Sneijder is top notch, and will be supplying one of the best groups of forwards in the Cup: Arjen Robben (who looks like he'll eventually play), Van Persie, and the hrad working Dirk Kuyt should provide plenty of goals. The ? mark is the defence, obviously. I wanted to pick them to get to the Finals, but just can't see them getting past Brasil and England...in that order. Despite Samuel Eto'o pouting, the Indomitable Lions should get through the Group Stage, only due to the weakness of Japan and Denmark. If they do, it will be favorable for Italy...which we like.

The Netherlands, otherwise known as Holland - WINNER
Cameroon - 2nd

Group F:


My beloved Italy should win a favorable group. Although I'm not overly optimistic about their long-term chances. Too much was lost from a 2006 squad, and while Gigi Buffon is still the best GK in the world (in these eyes), you need to score a goal or two to advance. If Lippi's return to the sideline provides some magic and the Azzurri can grind out enough 1-Nil wins...perhaps. But if that's the case, the majority of the footie world will be cursing them again for their defensive tactics. I'll be cheering a 5th WC Winner, but I'm not holding my breath. I've got Italy winning the Group, and maybe winning one more against Cameroon, but that's when they'll run up against Spain...loser. Paraguay takes 2nd in this Group, and if things go really array for Italy, they could take the Group. Slovakia and New Zealand...thanks for coming.

the beloved Italia - Winner
Paraguay - 2nd


Group G:

The "Group of Death" has been dealt a couple of injury blows. Didier Drogba broke a wing, and Nani from Portugal did something to his collarbone. Drogba is questionable, while Nani is out. Portugal and Ronaldo have enough to survive and take 2nd, the Ivory Coast does not. Brasil will get through by playing a more defensive style the Brazilians supporters aren't historically used to. But they've still got a ton of world class offensive talent and a great playmaker in Kaka, and should do well...I've got them getting to at least the Semi Finals, but a that tricky match-up against Holland looms (see above). North Korea...your fate was sealed the moment these Groups were selected.

Brasil - WINNER
Portugal - 2nd


Group H:

I'm really starting to like this Chile team, but no way can they overtake Spain. Their reward for a 2nd place finish here will be a 2nd round match-up against Brasil...bye bye. Winning this Group in easy fashion will be Spain. Spain has everything: two of the world's best strikers in David Villa and Fernando Torres (Liverpool's #9!!!). Xavi is perhaps the best set-up man on the planet. The back-line is formidable with Puyol and Pique, who is becoming one of the most versatile center backs in the game. And Iker Casillas is balls in net. They're on fire since winning Euro 2008, and they're hungry to win their first World Cup. Spain will beat Argentina in the Semis and go on to beat England (if not Brasil) in the Finals. Spain is my pick to WIN IT ALL.

Those crazy Spaniards - WINNERS

2nd - Chile

2010 World Cup Winner - SPAIN

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

GBV - Huffman Prairie Flying Field

surfing YouTube for something else, happened to come along this fan vid posted yesterday. Play LOUD.



thanks to savannasaurus.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Hossa, Ya Chossa 'Da Wrong Guys

Heard this playing around the Burgh last year courtesy of Scott Paulsen from ESPN Radio, but this video is F*&$#N TREMENDOUS...



curiously and perhaps coincidentally, it was made by someone on YouTube who goes by abefrohman13. If ya didn't know already, Abe Frohman is the Sausage King of Chicago. Nice job, Abe!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Back to You, GUYS!



btw...check out the scoreboard and notice the name of the arena ;)

Friday, June 04, 2010

Leadership



Through 3 games of the Stanley Cup Finals, there's another young centerman wearing his team's "C" who would be getting torched with these stat lines...

Mike Richards: -4, 1 assist
Jonathan Toews: -1, 1 assist

Not sayin. Just sayin.

Other Stanley Cup notes from an objective viewer:
  • The Flyers could easily be up 3-0 in this Series. Flyer fans are just dying to say this. And get ready for this to be the crutch once they lose.
  • If the refs ever decide to take the cross checks out of Chris Pronger's arsenal, he'd become fairly ordinary.
  • Dan Carcillo. Revealed.
  • Peter Laviolette. Quit your bitching.
  • Duncan Keith would look real good in a Penguin sweater.
  • Eddie Olczyk blows, even when he isn't doing Pens games. Ditto Pierre McGuire.
  • I hope Evgeni Malkin was taking notes on Patrick Kane's breakaway goal in Game 3.
  • Remember Ben Eager getting his ass kicked by a 41 year old Gary Roberts a few years back? Dude can actually play now, sans pumpkin sweater.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

History Will Be Made

Seen a lot of these parodies over on YouTube. Some good, some decent, some down right awful. I kinda love this one...



thanks to thehawkjaw for this one. And thanks to Keith G in Chicago for the forward.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Toronto FC is kicking ass...


if you haven't noticed.

Not only did they win the Canadian Club title and a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, but they're rolling in MLS. After a 1-3 start to the season, the Beloved TFC is undefeated in their last 4 with 10 pts...5 points clear of 4th place New England with a game in hand. FCKYA!

Que te cuides, Rafa Benitez



perhaps you can manage one of "my" other teams :)

Geno: "Sid No. 1"


well, duh.

“I got very lucky that I got on the same team with Sidney Crosby,” Malkin said in a wide-ranging interview translated from the Russian-language sports website, sports.ru. “I don’t know why many underrate his talent, say he is ‘over-promoted,’ that he has been talked about since he was 14. To me, he is the No. 1 player in the world. I won’t say why other players are not as good as he is. To me, he is the best. I have played with a lot of guys.”

The only thing better than The Human Centipide the film is...



The Human Centipide
the game.... MUST SEE...(and play)...

HUMAN CENTIPIDE. YOU MUST PLAY THIS!!!

Thanks to Tripod for that!!

The Human Centipide

perhaps the greatest cinematic achievement in the history of mankind...

GBV - Hey Hey, Spaceman



thanks to savannasaurus over on YouTube for this.

These are the Champions...

lotta catching up to do...