Saturday, October 11, 2014

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Everything Falls Apart" by Dog's Eye View

After first hearing Everything Falls Apart in 1996, I believe I was so impressed by it that I made the mistake of buying Dog's Eye View's entire album, called Happy Nowhere.  I can't for the life of me think of the name of another song on it, and I'm fairly certain it was pretty terrible.

And if anyone reading this knows anything about Dog's Eye View that I didn't mention in the first paragraph, I'll be simultaneously impressed and mortified.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The greatest catch of all time. Seriously. (Unless it's fake)

I have watched a lot of sports in my lifetime.  A lot.  And I can honestly say that this looks like the greatest catch I've ever seen:

Whenever football players make ridiculous one-handed grabs it's always with their hand underneath or behind the ball so that they can absorb its momentum.  How the #$%* did this guy catch it with his arm coming down on top of it like that?

What appears to be happening here is something that I don't think is humanly possible.  Is this video fake?

I first saw it in a tweet two days ago.  I have no idea where it came from.  I waited patiently to see if it would blow up.  I haven't seen it in Sportcenter's top 10.  It hasn't taken over the internet.  The only logical explanation must be that it's not real and everybody knows already.

How else can you explain the greatest catch in the history of history not being a bigger deal?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Improving the "Dump Cakes" Infomercial

According to YouTube this infomercial has been out for over a year, but I just saw it for the first time late last night:

In all honesty it looks like a pretty great idea.  The "Dump Dinners" in particular I think I'd be a big fan of.  But the name?  Wow.

Cathy Mitchell probably should've gone with "Crap Cakes"--at least that has a nice alliteration to it and might make people laugh.  Then she could've followed it up with "Dump Dinners" and have the greatest product name ever instead of one of the worst.

UPDATE: Or, why not lead with "Dump Dinners" then introduce "Dump Desserts" right after?

More infomercial blogs here...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jeff Green has a different theory than LeBron James about the benefits of size in the NBA

One of the first things that caught my eye while attending the Celtics open practice for season ticket holders last week was that Jeff Green looked noticeably bigger than I remembered.

Below is a brief video I shot of him warming up:

Green reportedly put on ten pounds of muscle this past offseason.  When asked how he thought it might help his game, Green gave a very logical answer:

It makes sense right?  And that's exactly why it blows my mind that LeBron decided to get so much skinnier...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stephen Gostkowski deserves that raise he's looking for in the Sportscenter ad

Somewhat overlooked in the Patriots huge win over the Bengals on Sunday night was the performance of place kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who made all five field goals he attempted.  Gostkowski is now 13-13 on field goals this season, and along with his 12-12 on extra points he's currently leading the NFL in total scoring with 51 points.

That Sportscenter exec should stop trying to ice him and just give Gostkowski the raise he's looking for:

ESPN Radio's "Telling it like it is" commercials are fantastic
Sportscenter commercials rule

Links to NBA team previews, Central and Northwest Divisions

For the second straight year is participating in an blog exchange of NBA team previews.  I post theirs on my site, and they all post mine on theirs.  Here are the first set of links:

Central Division
Chicago Bulls: Blog a Bull 
Cleveland Cavaliers: Fear the Sword | Waiting For Next Year
Detroit Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys 
Indiana Pacers: Indy Cornrows 
Milwaukee Bucks: Brew Hoop
Northwest Division
Denver Nuggets: Denver Stiffs 
Minnesota Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus
Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome to Loud City 
Portland Trail Blazers: Blazer's Edge 
Utah Jazz: SLC Dunk

Monday, October 6, 2014

The dropped interception that saved Tom Brady's career and extended the Patriots dynasty

The 3-2 New England Patriots are in first place, and only one game back of the conference's best record.  They're coming off a 43-17 blowout win over the Bengals, the league's last undefeated team and one thought by many to be the class of the NFL.  Today, everything is fine.  But depending on who you talked to last week, the Patriots were done and it was time for Tom Brady to retire.

Brady clearly heard all the talk, and came out with a fire last night that we haven't seen in a while.  But with a 7-0 lead during the Pats' second drive of the game, Brady threw one really bad pass behind Julian Edelman.  It landed right in the hands of Cincinnati linebacker Emmanuel Lamar, who easily might have returned it the length of the field for a game-tying touchdown.  Luckily for the Brady-Belichick dynasty, Lamar dropped the ball and New England was up 14-0 two plays later.

The Patriots offense sputtered a bit after that, failing to score on its next three drives and not getting into the endzone again until the second half.  Had it been a 7-7 game, the Bengals would've had all the momentum and the final outcome might have been drastically different.

This morning the storylines surrounding Brady and the Patriots could easily be more of the gloom and doom we heard the previous week.  But, thanks to that non-interception Brady is still a star, and New England can continue along the path to having the AFC East's best record for a 14th consecutive season while contending for another Super Bowl.

Do I actually believe all this?  No.  But it's fun to speculate and point out how ridiculous the media's overreactions are week to week.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Awesome Old Song/Movie Clip of the Week: "Son of a Preacher Man" from Pulp Fiction

It was 20 years ago this month that Pulp Fiction hit theaters across the U.S., becoming the No. 1 film in the country on October 16, 1994, after its first weekend.

As far as I remember, when I saw Pulp Fiction in the theater with a bunch of my high school buddies it was the first time I'd ever heard 1968's "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield.  Shortly afterwards it started appearing on mix tapes all over the place.

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