Saturday, June 21, 2014

Would soccer be better if "offsides" wasn't a thing?

Offsides caused this goal not to count.
I'm at best a casual soccer fan, but I do really enjoy the World Cup in the same way that people get excited about the Olympics.

Having said that, I think the offside rule is dumb.  The "football" purists are going to rip me for suggesting this, but until I hear a good argument otherwise I believe I have a reasonable case.  I've done a little research on the interwebs, and to this point nothing has swayed me.

From my point of view offsides decreases scoring and allows defenders the opportunity to avoid covering the whole field.  It also seems like play often gets clogged up because of it.  Other sports are generally considered to be more entertaining and performed at a higher level when players "space the floor."  Why would the same philosophy not apply to soccer?

And before you tear into this realize that I've phrased my points in the form of questions.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Taco Bell Quesarito? How about a Burladachangadilla?

All I can think of when I see Taco Bell's "quesarito" commercial... this Taco Town ad from a few years back:

Taco Town on Vimeo.

Oh, and in the title that's an enchilada and a chimichanga mixed in with the burrito/quesadilla as well.

Did you ever wonder where Taco Bell got its name from?  The guy who started it in 1962 was named Glen Bell.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Red Sox are in the midst of the most discouraging 3-game winning streak I can remember

It was hard to get caught up in this celebration.
This post goes against my nature as a sports fan.  More often than not I tend to find reasons why I believe the teams I like can still succeed even when things aren't going their way.  However, today my feelings are the opposite.

For the first time in team history, yesterday the Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs in extra innings to tie and then win a game.  That's about as dramatic and exciting a victory as you could possibly draw up.  And even though it gave them a sweep of the Twins and a three-game winning streak, I can't help but think it's just an anomaly/very lucky coincidence.

This Boston team can't score runs.  For the entire three-game set with Minnesota the total score was 5-2.  The Red Sox had never won a series of that length before with so few runs, let alone sweep.  Boston has now gone 5 straight games with 2 runs or fewer, as well as 8 of their last 10.

They've managed to win 6 of 9 overall, but two of the six were by the score of 1-0, and another two were 2-1.  The Sox could very well have lost all four of those, making them 3-13 in their last 16 and 30-42 overall; were that the case even the most optimistic of fans probably would be giving up on the season.

Boston is averaging 3.86 runs per game this year (down from 5.27 in 2013), which would be the club's sixth lowest output in team history.  They're also on pace to score the fewest runs at Fenway Park since 1945 (Gordon Edes discusses both of these and some other disheartening numbers in an ESPN Boston article).

Unless something dramatically changes for the Red Sox offensively, this season is going to be a massive disappointment.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Game of Thrones" just lost me EXACTLY the same way "True Blood" did

First off, I don't want to hear anything about "it's happening the way the books are written."  In both cases I'm strictly talking about the TV shows.

I'm a big Game of Thrones fan, and I'll definitely keep watching when it comes back.  But, the most recent episode/season finale unnecessarily stretched the bounds of reality and likely sent the show in a whole new direction.

There was already so much cool stuff happening, one thing it absolutely did not need was an evil army of skeletons climbing out of the ground, and a little girl throwing magical grenades to fend them off:

But the funny part is, I began to lose interest in HBO's True Blood when it literally made exactly the same mistake -- introducing magical grenades:

True Blood already had more going on that it could handle with vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters; then it totally started careening off the rails with the whole fairy/magic subplot.

Now I'm worried that's where Game of Thrones is headed as well...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Did Michael Wilbon know ESPN was using this camera angle?

On Sportscenter last night PTI host and NBA aficionado Michael Wilbon discussed the future of the Miami Heat with analysts Avery Johnson, Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard.  Whether or not Wilbon was aware which cameras would be rolling remains unclear, although in my book it's cool either way.

Nice kicks Mike.

It reminds me of that episode of Sports Night where Casey and Dan don't have any pants...

More Sports Night clips here and here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spurs' greatness (check the stats) inspired Awesome Old Song of the Week, by the Backstreet Boys

As excited as I am by LeBron and the Heat getting smoked in the NBA Finals, I have to say I'm absolutely stunned by it.  I thought the Spurs had a solid chance to win, but never in a million years did I see this coming.

Tim Duncan (who's now undoubtedly one of the 10 greatest NBA players ever) and Greg Popovich won the first of their five championships together 15 years ago, in June of 1999.

Two big hits stand out to me from that summer: One is the very appropriate "All Star" by Smash Mouth.  I'm partial to the other though, the Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way":

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Recycle Sunday: Version 12.0 (Father's Day edition)

From one year ago: Awesome Old Song of the Week (Father's Day Edition): "Father Figure" by George Michael

Have you ever noticed how many colleges use the same logos?

I'm 100% convinced there are people alive today with tracking chips inside them who don't even know it.

Fitting to get to use this again tonight: My "all the reasons why I can't stand LeBron" compilation blog.

A look back at the magical ride of the 2014 Boston Red Sox.

Magic Johnson cured HIV.  Why isn't that a bigger deal?

Somehow this became the most read post I've ever written on this site: Amazon is weirdly misrepresenting their Kindle Fire "mayday button"

I thought of a genius idea for twitter: A "potential reach" stat for all your retweeted tweets.

AOL should be embarrassed for putting this story on their front page.

Jump balls in basketball would make a lot more sense if short guys never had to take them.

Facebook's photo-recognition software really creeps me out.

The LA Kings just won the Stanley Cup.  Did you know that NHL Western Conference teams have an unfair advantage over the East?

New England's record last year, 12-4, was below average for the Brady/Belichick Patriots.

This Old Spice commercial scares the bejeezus out of me.

The demolition of the Metrodome last winter ruined one of Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic future scenarios.

Previous editions of Recycle Sunday

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