Wednesday, March 4, 2015

'Why don't they have bicycles?' and other similar questions about 'The Walking Dead'

Everyone should be in possession of a crank flashlight by now.
In the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, the group found a community that has running water.  For the first time that I can remember in five seasons, somebody took a shower.  Which brings to mind a question I've always wondered, don't they all smell really, really bad?  How do they tolerate being in such close proximity to each other?

Expanding on that, I feel like the show constantly ignores those kinds of things.  For example, two episodes earlier they were thirsty and searching for water.  How is it possible this wasn't an issue earlier?  And why are they just walking through the woods all the time?  The country can't possibly be that rural.  Shouldn't there be more stuff around?  Strip malls, restaurants, apartment complexes, a highway!  Maybe they could think about taking a road that has more than one lane in each direction and isn't surrounded by trees?

As well as the lack of development, why haven't they acquired more useful things?  In a conversation I had at work last night, a friend of mine said "yeah, how come nobody has found a bicycle yet?"  Or how about new clean clothes, pots and pans, camping stuff, tools, etc.?

Everywhere they go has already seemingly been "raided" by previous people and is apparently out of supplies.  But where did the people who originally took these things put them?  It all has to still exist somewhere!

OK, end of rant.


RELATED: Why doesn't anyone on 'The Walking Dead' call the zombies 'zombies'?


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Did Curt Schilling set a new standard for policing the internet?

If you're not up to date on this Curt Schilling story, here's the 37-second recap:

Schilling sent a tweet congratulating his daughter for getting into college and playing for the school's softball team.  Some people who aren't fans of his wrote horribly offensive replies insulting him and his daughter.  Schilling tracked them down, called them out, and now the offending parties are suffering the consequences with their schools and employers.  I highly recommend you take the time to read Schilling's blog detailing the sequence of events.

In my mind it's obvious that you should never say anything to someone on the internet that you wouldn't also say to that person in real life.  Clearly this is not a rule everyone lives by.  Maybe schoolkids should put their hand over their heart and repeat that each morning like the pledge of allegiance.

As far as I know, Schilling's response is one of the first widely publicized instances of repercussions for being a piece of $#*% on the internet.  To borrow from a colleague of mine, I "really hope we look back at Schilling's ongoing battle as the Boston Tea Party of the internet troll war."

Maybe Schilling's actions are the beginning of a revolution.  I'm going to use the sports world as my example, but this could happen in all walks of life.  I'd love to turn on ESPN tomorrow and see Scott Van Pelt say:

"Joe Schmo wrote: 'You are ____ing ___ who ___ his ____.'  He disagrees with my take on the Philadelphia Eagles' defense.  Joe is a manager at Applebee's in Anytownville, PA.  I can't imagine this is the type of person Applebee's wants representing their establishment."

Then see what happens.


Monday, March 2, 2015

LucidSportsFan.com is 4 years old today

When I first started this blog, a friend of mine said "it's good stuff, make sure you keep doing it, at least once a day."

I took that to heart.

I'm now on day No. 1,462, and I haven't missed one yet.  Seriously.  Four consecutive years with a post--every--single--day.  I'd love to go back and read them all in order, starting at the beginning.  In theory, at 37 seconds each that should take roughly 15 hours.  In reality it's probably double that, much longer if you watch all the video clips.

Here's what I wrote for the site's third birthday a year ago.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What should happen to someone who "saves" a parking spot they didn't even shovel out in the first place?

When it snows in South Boston you're allowed to "save" your parking spot on the street (with a cone, trash can, etc.) after you dig out your car.  I'm opposed to it as a general rule (for all of these reasons), but given the absurd amount of snow this winter I've come to terms with it.

For the past month this is what the view outside my living room window looked like (notice the stop sign buried in the middle of the pile):


The other night some backhoes came and cleared off the street corner.  After being kept awake till 4:30 am by the constant "beep, beep, beep" noise they make while in reverse (which sounds exactly like an alarm clock, by the way), this is what I saw when I finally got out of bed the next day:


Some d-bag had the audacity to "save" the spot the city spent all night clearing, implying that he or she actually shoveled it out themselves.

What should happen to this person?

My first thought was just to go grab the plastic bin and throw it in the dumpster behind the building, but that doesn't seem severe enough a penalty.  In a perfect world this liar would suffer same fate I proposed for people who don't clean up after their dogs.

Please send me a tweet, or comment below or on Facebook with any suggestions/ideas you might have.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Unlikely Celtics-inspired Awesome Old Song of the Week: "My Name is Jonas" by Weezer

The Celtics are currently the hottest team in the East and tied for the final playoff spot.  Two new players are largely responsible.  One is Isaiah Thomas, which was to be expected.  The other is Jonas Jerebko.

Jonas Jerebko?

Acquired in an afterthought trade (along with Luigi Datome) with the Detroit Pistons for Tayshaun Prince, Jerebko is suddenly the C's go-to big man in crunch time.  He played the entire fourth quarter in each of Boston's recent wins over New York and Charlotte.

In 21 minutes against the Knicks, Jerebko scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.  He followed that up with 16 points and 10 boards in 24 minutes vs. the Hornets.  In the two games combined, Jerebko shot 70 percent (7-for-10) from three-point land.

Here's Weezer performing their 1994 track, My Name is Jonas:



Friday, February 27, 2015

Marcus Smart looks like Jameis Winston

A few times in recent weeks I've seen Winston's face on TV and thought at first glance that it was Smart.  You be the judge:


For my mom, Smart (left) is the Celtics rookie from Oklahoma State, Winston (right) is the Florida State quarterback and likely top pick in the NFL draft.

That's all I've got for today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Isaiah Thomas keeps hitting free throws, Evan Turner triple-doubles, comparing each to Rajon Rondo

Yesterday I discussed how Isaiah Thomas made as many free throws (12) in two games with the Celtics as Rajon Rondo did in 22 before being traded.  After his 11-for-11 performance last night, Thomas has now knocked down more foul shots than Rondo has all season, including the games he's played with Dallas:


It's also noteworthy to compare Rondo's recent stats to Evan Turner's:


Last night Turner posted his first-ever triple double.  I've never been a fan Turner, but this morning on CelticsLife I wrote about how I'm starting to come around on him.  And if you only read one other thing on the internet today, check out my latest Stat Central feature on Hoops Habit:

Evan Turner Joins Unlikely List Of All-Time Celtics Triple-Doubles

There are only 10 players in Boston history ever to record one, some of the names on the list will definitely surprise you.

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