Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's time to replace "cell phone" with a new and more appropriate term

I got a new "phone" yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S5.  It's a just-released state-of-the-art top-of-the-line model.  After about 4 hours of playing with it I think I have at least scratched the surface of what it's capable of.

I spent a large portion of that time trying to figure out which features are actually important to me (that and going through everything and repeatedly turning off data sharing options; no, I do not want Facebook linked to my phone numbers), including deciding what icons/apps to put on the home screen.  It didn't take long to come to the conclusion that the button entitled "phone" is not worthy of the first page (to be fair, most calls I make start from either "messages" or "contacts").

So if the phone isn't even one of the most important functions any more, why do we still refer to these things as "cell phones"?  The instruction manual that came with my S5 only ever calls it a "device," but that's pretty nondescript.  "Gadget" seems fitting, but also similarly boring.  "Gizmo" sounds kind of cool I guess.  Got any ideas?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How many NBA players would it take to beat a WNBA starting five?

Hopefully this doesn't come across as sexist, offensive, or obnoxious in any way.  I think it's a perfectly legitimate and fun hypothetical sports conversation to have.  A five-on-five NBA vs. WNBA game would obviously be a joke.  I'm also certain that four NBA players would have their way with five from the WNBA.  But a three-on-five contest might be interesting.

In this scenario, which three type of players should the NBA team have?  I don't think they really need a point guard; one, because there are only two other players to pass to, and two, because the average small forward's ball-handling skills would be plenty good enough.

I also don't believe a shooting guard is necessary, the NBA guys could pound the ball inside as much as possible and just shoot right over their smaller competition.  I'm not sure if a center would be useful either, somebody like LeBron James or Kevin Durant is easily as big as a WNBA center.

On the other hand, if you did put a guy like Dwight Howard out there, he'd probably get every single rebound and be impossible to guard if he got the ball in the paint.  I think someone a little smaller and more able to run the floor and get out and guard on the perimeter is probably slightly more useful than a prototypical center, let's say Blake Griffin.

If I was to bet, I'd definitely put my money on LeBron, Durant, and Griffin against any five the WNBA might throw out there.  What about just LeBron and Durant in a two-on-five matchup?  I think I'd have to take the women, but it's a game I'd love to see.  

Here's Dwight Schrute from NBC's The Office with his take on the NBA vs. WNBA.

Thanks to fellow @CelticsLife writer @Mike_Dyer13 for giving me this blog idea.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Marathon Monday. Boston.

For the past decade or so, this has been my favorite day of the year (here's a little insight into why: Example A, Example B).

It's going to be different now.

But, still just as amazing as ever; that I am certain of.  I took this photo outside of the TD Garden before the Celtics' season finale last Wednesday.  The city has been overflowing with emotion all week.

Today it runs again.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Awesome Old Song of the Week - Easter Edition (sort of): "No Rain" by Blind Melon

Coming up with a hit song related to Easter is no easy task.  Outside of church it's not a particularly musical holiday, and eggs and bunny rabbits apparently weren't very common topics for 90s pop artists.

My next thought regarding Easter was something that has to do with flowers and spring, which is where Blind Melon's 1992 single No Rain comes in.  The song and video both have a spring-like feel to them, and the girl's bee costume seems appropriate for an Easter egg hunt.  If you've got a better idea please let me know.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sizemometer update: He's not hitting, but neither is anybody else on the Red Sox

Grady Sizemore has fallen a ways behind Jacoby Ellsbury in terms of fantasy production (read the explanation of the Sizemometer), but it shouldn't really come as a surprise considering Ellsbury is leading the AL in hitting at .365.

Sizemore's batting average has dipped down to .245, but that doesn't sound so bad when you consider the Red Sox as a team are hitting just .236.

Boston is averaging only 3.3 runs over its past 10 games, and hasn't scored more than four in a nine-inning contest since April 8.

It's time for patience, however.  Sizemore and the rest of the Sox offense should start hitting again soon, and Ellsbury could well sprain something tomorrow and miss the next six weeks.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Season ending Tankometer: Final NBA draft lottery odds - 6th pick is Celtics' most likely scenario

By dropping their final two games of the season, the Celtics managed to pull into a tie with Utah for the 4th worst record in the league at 25-57.  Unfortunately the C's lost the tie-breaking "coin flip" with the Jazz today, leaving Boston 5th in the draft order.

The lottery only actually decides the first three picks; so while Utah and the Celtics have basically the same odds of choosing in the top three, if neither moves up to one of those positions the Jazz will select ahead of Boston.

Each team in the lottery has the opportunity to get one of the first three selections, or slip as many as three spots down from their place in the standings if three teams behind them get lucky.  Because of this the Celtics can't be #4, and their absolute worst case scenario is #8.  Here's a table of the complete odds that I stole from

Boston has a 10.3% chance of picking #1 overall, and 33.4% in the top three.  But the spot with the single greatest probability is #6, at 34.2%.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smirnoff vodka "deconstructed martini" commercial is absolutely spectacular

I've been bartending for nearly fourteen years now (yikes), and in no way do I consider it an art form.  In my mind speed and efficiency are by far the most important things when it comes to making drinks.  So when I saw this commercial on TV for the first time the other day, I instantly gained an enormous amount of respect for Smirnoff vodka (and a little bit for Adam Scott too):

Remember that craze of youtube videos under the theme "Sh*t (type of people) say"?  This is like the "bartenders" one, but better.

As impressed as I am by the ad, I still don't see myself buying much Smirnoff; one because I'm not a vodka guy, and two because commercials just don't work.

Also it's kind of weird I've written about vodka twice this week, huh?

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