Friday, January 26, 2007

Goals, guidelines, thoughts, questions, comments and concerns from a rambling mind

I just can't take this new Blood & Chocolate movie seriously. C'mon, I'm supposed to think a flick with a name like that is for real?

So what's the sequel gonna be named, Plasma & Caramel?

<<< Tons of awesomeness. Not only do they taste great, but they give you the feeling that you're actually cooking, when really it's so easy.

It is bloody cold.

Something new to add to my goals in life: write for an HBO Original Series. They rock, and they're all excellent shows for the most part (Never got into Carnivale or Six Feet Under, personally). It'd be awesome to write for HBO, the shows have seemingly endless creative freedom.

Time for dinner, bye-bye.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

ESPN's latest "E-Ticket"

Found here.

I honestly cannot find the words to describe the many levels of wrong that story holds. It is amazing that a system can be so backwards, so faulty and so obviously racist.

This piece says more than I can:
The position of Barker and the district attorney, McDade, who refused to comment, is that Wilson is guilty under the law and there is no room for mercy, though the facts seem to say they simply chose not to give it to Wilson. At the same time this trial was under way, a local high school teacher, a white female, was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a student -- a true case of child molestation. The teacher received 90 days. Wilson received 3,650 days.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

SEC Basketball = Brutal

So, Alabama just finished another pathetic road performance, this time losing big to cross-state rival Auburn (a usual cum rag in basketball, but solidly improving this year).

First, I'll say that the SEC is a rough, rough conference. SEC West teams are now 0-15 on the road this season. That's just amazing. Definitely a testament to how deep the conference is, and that should help come selection time.

Now, onto my boys in crimson. I love Coach Gottfried and everything he's done for the program, but damn if he ain't the shittiest road coach. He's something like 24-57 away from Tuscaloosa during his nine years at Bama.

It's amazing that he has done what he has in T-town, but still be so miserable on the road. I just don't get it. At all.

Four years ago I would've called for his head -- and I did in fact, over at Dateline Alabama (which has become quite crappy this year, which is sad) back in 2004 after a pathetic January of basketball. But then he took that team to the Elite 8, and I've been behind him ever since.

Still, it would be really nice to see an Alabama team that could at least be competitive on the road.

Take that, procrastination!

I finally started my book/intended-book-that-could-become-a-movie-or-(let's hope not)-sitcom.

Boo. Yah.

Anywho, it's about what I know best right now: that awkward stage right after college where we have no fucking clue where life is taking us. It is a novel, not a first hand account of anything. I really have not come across anything that chronicles this, although Sports Guy has mentioned the movie Kicking and Screaming before -- I'll have to check that out.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Goals, guidelines, thoughts, questions, comments and concerns from a rambling mind

I think I'm going to start eating cereal again...I miss it.

Me and the guys from 101 really need to start our band, it's just too long overdue.

Never trust a man who doesn't like sports.

I make the world's best Kool-Aid -- which should come as no surprise because, after all, I am the Ambassador of Kool.

Let me clear my throat.

22 might officially be the shittiest age yet.

Never trust anyone who proclaims themselves a rock fan but doesn't like Led Zeppelin.

I think these sideburns are gonna work out nice.

Fuck Pepsi, I've bought a million of them and haven't won a cent off of their little gold cap contest.

Hooray Dr. Pepper -- just because.

I'd be a lot happier about the Rage reunion if it weren't on the other side of the country.

Should I stay or should I go?

Orbit = beat gum on earth.

Time to start heeding my own favorite quote.

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Random Thoughts

> Apparently I'm the only one watching the NFL Playoffs this year. Why? Becuse everyone wants to call the Colts a team of destiny. What? This is a team who has played 2 mediocre to below average games and has benefitted greatly from poor opposing coaching, not the Steelers of last year who actually earned their victories and lucky bounces. Bill Bellicheck is not going to hand the game to Indy, and if the Colts don't paly damn near perfect football they'll get bounced.

> I don't know what the hell the Braves are doing, but it better work. A great bullpen is nice and all, but a lead is usually something you need for the bullpen to actually be a factor.

> Houston Nutt will be fired after next season, just you wait. Anthign short of the BCS and he's canned. He's totally screwed up the best recruiting class in school history by being a stubborn fuck. Mitch Mustain was undefeated as a starter, and got benched after one bad half (where he played about the same as he had been all year) and now he's gone -- possibly to Oklahoma if rumors are true, where I think he'd be a perfect fit.

> You just can't please Alabama fans, in any sport. Mark Gottfried is the latest target for the internet head hunters after Bama's ugly SEC start (1-2, with both losses being road blowouts). I learned my lesson about judging too quickly in 20003/2004, when the Tide lost to Athletes in Action and suffered a 5-game losing streak in January. I called for Coach Gottfried's head -- and the team went on to make an Elite 8 run. January losses suck and are annoying -- but they are hardly indicative of what will happen in March. How long before they start calling for gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson's head? Her team is having a down year, let's fire her (The same woman who has coached the team to somethign crazy like 15 straight top 5 finishes).

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Final bowl pick 'em results

18-14

Meh, I woulda preferred to do a lot better. But hey, a winning record is always good.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Kooly Cup, Final Four

Semis:

(1) vs. (4) -- Orange Bowl

For any casual fan, this looked like a mismatch. One team rolled through their season, unbeaten and nearly untested. The other squandered away two games, and looked somewhat unimpressive in others.

But, this was far from a mismatch. The Tigers of LSU were playing some of the hottest ball in the country, and their talent level was just as good as the Buckeyes.

The defenses dominated the first half, which ended in a 3-3 tie. But at halftime, the coaching became key, and Jim Tressel made the right adjustments, while Les Miles didn't.

Troy Smith threw two second half touchdowns, and Jamarcus Russell answered with one of his own. But the Buckeyes kept the ball out of Russell's hand, and held on for the victory.

OSU 17 LSU 10

(2) vs. (3) -- Sugar Bowl

This one was another heavyweight fight between two spectacular defenses. The Gators boasted the speed, while the Wolverines brought the power.

The only score of the first half came on a Percy Harvin reverse, and the Gators wook a 7-6 lead into the half. But the second half saw Mike Hart take over, and Florida's lack of a dominant running back proved fatal.

Hart scored twice, and the Michigan D did their job, keeping Chris Leak and Tim Tebow in check.

Michigan 20 Florida 13

National Championship:

(1) vs. (3) -- Fiesta Bowl

The rematch of the new century, Judgment Day Part 2. But would the hype be lived up to yet again?

You bet your ass it was. But this time with a little better effort from the defenses. This time it was the boys in maize and blue who led most of the game, carrying a 24-20 lead late into the fourth.

However, Troy Smith once again put the Buckeyes on his shoulders and led them down the field. On a third down inside the Michigan 20, Smith found himself in trouble. He scrambled away from two Michigan defenders, and right before crossing the line of scrimmage he found Ted Ginn, Jr. in the back of the end zone for an apparent touchdown. The booth looked long and hard, and finally determined that Ginn did indeed get his foot in bounds for the score.

Chad Henne got the Wolverines close, but a last second heave was batted away and the Buckeyes stormed the field and hoisted the Kooly Cup high into the Arizona night.

OSU 27 Michigan 24

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My New Year's Resolutions

Because...why the hell not?

Seriously though, here they go:

1. Write more -- And not just on here, but like serious-er writing. I want to start my book. I want to start writing poetry again. I'm not getting stuck in the Office Space world, I'm just not.

2. Get back in shape -- A bit sad since I'm only friggin 22, but to make excuses I was in solid shape until March when I got sick, then I had to lay off a couple of months to heal. Then I got the job in the summer and had no time to myself whatsoever. Then I came home and just got in a funk. It happens. Whatever, I'm getting into shape again. I'm even gonna get rid of the beer gut.

3. Make money -- that one's self-explanatory.

"If we are all gonna die anyway shouldn't we be enjoying ourselves now? You know, I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else."

Addendum, 1/4/07 -- Another one: I want to get a tattoo by the end of this year. Mark it down.

Looks like we got our man

Finally. Now we can recruit and I can concentrate on basketball season.

So, do I like the hiring of Nick Saban?

Sort of.

The pros: He's a damn fine coach, period. Winner everywhere he went in college, so I see no reason why he won't be in Tuscaloosa.

He'll please the fan base, he'll attract big name recruits, and hopefully some big assistants (more on that in a second). He'll be the quick fix Mal Moore has a hard on for.

And my favorite part, he's a no nonsense guy and won't take shit from the administration and boosters. That I love.

The cons: Well, he's Nick Saban. He's the Larry Brown of football.

When's his next "dream" job coming along? How long do we have him? Two years? Three? Or is he finally done and settled?

That's my biggest worry: I just don't know about the guy.

Now here's where things get sticky. Rumor all along has been that if Saban comes, Jimbo Fisher comes as his OC. Now, Fisher was UAB's main target for their head coaching vacancy.

But -- pay attention now -- the University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted down the hire for "monetary purposes."

The UA BOT oversees the University of Alabama system, which includes both Alabama and UAB. That board is run by Paul Bryant, Jr. Yes, son of that Paul Bryant.

So if Fisher does indeed come to The Capstone, that situation is going to turn very ugly, very quickly -- resulting in yet another black eye for a program that's been beaten shitless over the past few years.

Even worse, what if Saban does bolt and Fisher becomes the head coach? Yikes.

So my verdict? I'm happy. We're done with the mediocre seasons. Done with the bullshit (hopefully). But it's a cautious optimism, very cautious.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Best Game EVER

If you just finished watching the Fiesta Bowl you know what I'm talking about.



If you didn't...sucks for you.



I thought the announcers were lousy all night, but the play-by-play guy said one great thing a minute ago: this screams playoff.



And as I type that Boise St. QB Jared Zabransky says "We deserve a shot at the national title."



You ain't lying, Jared, you ain't lying.





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