Saturday, November 22, 2014

I need to go to a Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop

I've written a number of blogs about bizarre flavors of things, so when this photo came across my Twitter feed the other day I was beyond intrigued:

So I checked out, and my mind was blown a little bit.  I absolutely have to go to one of their stores.  From a few reviews I found, apparently both the corn and coffee flavors taste pretty good, the buffalo wing and ranch dressing not so much (and unlike the real things they don't mix well either).

There also appear to be about a million other weird varieties not in the above picture.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Recap: Jose Canseco shot his finger off, had it reattached, then lied about it falling off afterwards

As I've mentioned before, if you don't follow Jose Canseco on twitter you're missing out on some of the weirdest stuff on the internet:

Non-fiction (probably):


Yesterday TMZ Sports published a story containing the following:

"We contacted Canseco about video he says he shot of the finger fail -- and when push came to shove ... he had to cop to the prank. Jose says he cooked up the plan when he came across the fake finger in a Halloween store."

So in summary, Canseco shot off part of a finger while cleaning four guns at once, had it reattached, then decided as a prank to make up a weird/long/gross story about it falling off again.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The first "Pitch Perfect 2" trailer is out, it has a real "Mighty Ducks 2" theme to it

The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 was released today, and I am pumped.  Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies in recent years.  If you think I'm being ridiculous, go watch it (and seriously pay attention, a lot of the great jokes are pretty subtle), then get back to me.  It's hysterical and the music is awesome.

Having said that, I'm not really in love with this preview for the sequel.  That's probably a good thing though, because often times you see a trailer and then think "I've already seen every funny part part of this movie."

PP2 (I don't know if anybody is calling it that, but I'm going to) seems to be following a lot of the same themes as D2: The Mighty Ducks.

Original: Rag-tag bunch of misfits bands together Bad News Bears-style and wins the championship.

Sequel: The team is back with a few minor tweaks, and this time they represent the U.S.A. vs. the world.  Oh, and somehow their old local rivals still manage to turn up as well.

Pitch Perfect 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 15, 2015.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Miami Marlins will never actually pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million

Notice the typical Marlins Park crowd in the background.
The Miami Marlins are a cheap small-market baseball team.  Twice they won the World Series (as the Florida Marlins in 1997 and 2003), and each time they disassembled the team immediately afterwards with an enormous payroll-cutting fire sale.

After hoodwinking the city of Miami into building them a new publicly-funded $600 million stadium, the Marlins made a sneaky PR move to justify it--they signed big-name free agents Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle before the park's opening in 2012.

The club appeared to be spending serious money in an attempt to build a contender.  Reyes' contract was for six years/$106 million, while Buehrle's contract totaled 4 years/$58 million.  However, the yearly breakdowns were as follows:

Reyes: $10 mil in 2012 and 2013, $16 mil in 2014, and $22 mil per year for 2015-2017 with a club option for another $22 mil in 2018 (or a $4 mil buyout instead).

Buehrle: $4 mil signing bonus followed by $6 mil in 2012, $11 mil in 2013, $18 mil in 2014 and $19 mil in 2015.

The Marlins traded away both Reyes and Buehrle after just one season in the franchise's third major dismantling of the team in 15 years.  Miami ended up paying only $20 million of the $164 million owed to Reyes and Buehrle.

Well guess what, the 13-year, $325-million richest-in-MLB-history contract that Giancarlo Stanton just inked with the Marlins breaks down like this:

2015: $6.5 mil
2016: $9 mil
2017: $14.5 mil
2018-2027: Between $25 mil and $32 mil per season

Stanton may be traded after one year, or possibly after two.  But there's a 100 percent chance he'll be out of Miami after three seasons before this deal actually gets expensive for the Marlins.

The contract is a joke and MLB should have voided it before it happened.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Drones are a Christmas gift?

Last night I read a terrifying article on called "Drones 'flying off the shelves' ahead of UK's festive season."  Granted it's talking about England, but still...

Here are a few quotes from it:

"But what happens on Dec. 25 when there's a mass switch on of new devices, do people know what to do with them? Do they understand the law around drones and will your neighbour now be nosing into your business with their new flying contraption?" 
"Last week, the Information Commissioner's Office released new guidance for people operating UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicle]. ... It advises that people flying drones should let others know before they start recording, that both the drone pilot and the device remain visible at all times and that people plan the flight and be mindful of the battery life." 
"Liverpool-based Michael McDaid founded the very first drone users group in Britain a year ago. ... He advises people getting drones to get insurance and to take things one step at a time, starting off with a small drone, even something that can be flown indoors, and work up from there. 'You have to be proactive, look on the internet and find out what you can and cannot do,' McDaid tells Mashable."

Halfway through the article I had to go back and check to make sure it was real and not a fake story from The Onion.

Just to clarify, in England a hugely popular Christmas gift this season is the same thing that Carrie Mathison uses unsuccessfully to kill the world's No. 1 terrorist on Homeland.

Also, this makes me think I should start a weekly blog feature entitled "Real or Onion?"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Worse performance yesterday: Colts rushing or Rockets shooting?

In their 42-20 loss to the Patriots last night, the Indianapolis Colts used two running backs.  Ahmad Bradshaw carried the ball seven times for fours yards.  Trent Richardson also had seven rushes, for a total of zero yards.  Combined they averaged 0.29 yards on each of their 14 carries.

The Patriots also used two running backs.  Shane Vereen had one rush for 18 yards, while Jonas Gray carried the ball 38 times for 199 yards. Oh yeah, and four touchdowns.  Gray became the first New England player to ever rush for four TDs in a game, and just the second Patriot to ever score four TDs in one contest (along with Randy Moss).

Now to the Houston Rockets.  Last night the Rockets shot 23-for-80 (28.8%) from the field and 16-for-30 (53.3%) at the free throw line, while only scoring 69 total points--and they won.  Their opponent, the Thunder, made just 20 of 68 (29.4%) field goal attempts and finished with 65 points.

The last time an NBA team won with fewer than 70 points was more than eight years ago.  And in the past 30 seasons (and possibly forever, but only goes back to 1985 on this), no team had ever won a game while shooting less than 30 percent from the field and below 54 percent at the line.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Awesome Old Song/TV Clip of the Week: The "Party of Five" Theme ("Closer to Free" by the BoDeans)

Party of Five debuted on TV in September of 1994.  The intro song, Closer to Free by the BoDeans, came out in 1993 as the first track on the album Go Slow Down.  The song was re-released as a single in 1996, with the fame it gained from the show propelling it as high as No. 16 on the Billboard charts.

The thing that always bugged me about Party of Five was that Mathew Fox's character Charlie was eight years older than Scott Wolf's character Bailey, but in reality Fox is two years younger than Wolf.  Also it just juts occurred to me for the first time that it's pretty funny their names are "Fox" and "Wolf."

I chose this song because for some reason NBC randomly played it while cutting to a commercial on Sunday Night Football last week.

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