Sunday, July 5, 2015

Red Sox set crazy team record in honor of Big Papi playing first base (or not?) at Fenway

When it's all said and done, David Ortiz may go down as the greatest designated hitter of all time.  Ortiz is not, however, known for his defensive skills (although I feel as if he's generally better than people expect at first base).  This afternoon's game marked an extremely rare occasion in which Ortiz played first with the DH position available--the last time Big Papi started a non-interleague game in the field was August 5, 2006 (and the last time he did it at Fenway Park was July 15, 2005).

Clearly the Red Sox pitchers were aware of this, because they did an incredible job of allowing Ortiz to avoid actually having to play defense.  Of the 27 outs recorded, 14 were strikeouts, 10 were fly balls, one was a caught stealing and one was a bunt that hit the batter in fair territory.  The only other out was a grounder to Ortiz, who flipped to the pitcher covering first base.

Boston went the entire game without its first baseman making a single putout.  If that sounds a bit unusual, well, yeah, that's because it is:



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Awesome Old Movie Clips of the Week: "Jaws" 4th of July Edition

Jaws was released on June 1, of 1975.  The fictional island of Amity is Martha's Vineyard 40 years ago.  One part of the film that always amused me was how eager people were to go in the ocean on Amity leading up to the 4th of July.  The water is cold in early summer.  I was there yesterday and could barely get my feet in.

Yeah some people swim, but not en masse like they do in the movie.  Jaws would've been a lot more realistic if they'd set it in late August instead.









Friday, July 3, 2015

Want to feel old? Back to the Future came out 30 years ago today...

July 3, 1985, Back to the Future first hit theaters.  Here are the original trailers:



The funny thing is, this one doesn't include clips and barely has anything to do with the movie:



That might be a good blog idea--how different old movie previews seem now from the actual films themselves...


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Alex Morgan flops like LeBron James

I realize I'm a little late on this, but it's still relevant since the U.S. women are about to take on Japan in the World Cup Final on Sunday.  The Americans are playing for the championship in large part because Alex Morgan took a dive:



Who's committing a foul here?
Admittedly, I am anything but an expert in the way soccer should be officiated.  But if I were refereeing this in the NBA, it looks likes either a no-call, or an offensive foul as a charge or a flop, take your pick.  As you can see in the full highlight video (at the one-minute mark), it appears as though Morgan was about to run the other women over, so instead she jumped on top of her, then fell to the ground and acted like she'd been shot.

The U.S. was awarded a penalty kick, which made the score 1-0.  The final margin was 2-0, but Germany was forced to play a different game once it fell behind.

Having said that, I'm still pumped to root for the U.S. in the Final.  I just wanted to point out that women's soccer features the same garbage acting that is becoming prominent in many major sports.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maybe the band is getting back together in L.A. instead of Boston?

Last week I wrote about how all five starters from the 2008 champion Celtics are free agents this summer.  I suggested that if things don't work out for Danny Ainge in his pursuit of a big-name star, his backup plan could just be to get the band back together for a farewell tour.  Unfortunately Paul Pierce ended that dream on Day 1, signing with the Clippers this afternoon.

But maybe the dream isn't actually dead, just shipped over to the west coast?  After all, Doc Rivers and Big Baby Davis (although he's a free agent also) are already there.


As I said in the previous post, I'm not really serious and there's no way this could happen (although I kind of am and it would be amazing).


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Red Sox are about 2 games away from making this thing interesting

The last-place Red Sox need to make up six games in the A.L. East standings just to climb out of the cellar.  On the bright side, a seven-game swing could have them atop the division.


At 6-4 in their last 10, the Sox have the second-best record in the division (behind the 7-3 Orioles) in that span.  Boston has made up three games in the standings in the last 10 days.  In that same time, Baltimore eliminated a four-game deficit and went from fourth to first.  Here's what the A.L. East looked like on June 20:


If the Red Sox can trim the lead down to five or so, things might really start heating up.  In other team news, last night Pablo Sandoval took one of the more ridiculous swings you'll ever see:





Monday, June 29, 2015

What's the point of this pigs in a blanket pizza?

Here's my question: Why doesn't Pizza Hut just sell the pigs in a blanket (aka "hot dog bites") separately?

That's basically all that's going on here, except now the pizza is harder to pick up because there's no crust left after you eat the mini hot dogs.  And even if you save that part for last, it looks pretty wobbly and annoying to hold compared to a much sturdier regular crust.



While I'm on the subject, I think the Little Caesars' bacon wrapped crust is a great idea.  People often leave their pizza crust behind, or eat it disappointingly after the rest is gone.  But in this case, it has the awesome taste of bacon to keep you interested.


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