Saturday, August 8, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Waiting for a Star to Fall" by Boy Meets Girl

Until I looked it up just now, all I remembered about Waiting for a Star to Fall was that I thought it was from a late 80s movie.  As it turns out, the track was included in the 1990 Three Men and a Baby (which didn't really have a ghost in it) sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady.  Could that really be what I was thinking of?  Doubtful...

Regardless, here's something interesting I discovered about the duo known as Boy Meets Girl (other than they probably should have hired actors for the song's video): They wrote and composed a number of hits for other artists, most notably Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hey Domino's, I would totally eat a pickles, corn chips and pretzel pizza

The first time I watched this ad the volume on my TV was muted, and all I could think was "Oh man, that pizza looks awesome."

You can imagine my disappointment when I saw the commercial again and found out the pizza isn't real.  Oh well.  Memo to Domino's, get a lot weirder if you want to make this ad work.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Need a reason to watch the Red Sox? How about the David Ortiz 500 home run watch

Before last night's nationally televised Red Sox-Yankees matchup in New York, David Ortiz said into the camera: "I like ESPN games because I go deep every time on ESPN.  I save my moonshots for ESPN."  Big Papi then went out and hit a 441-foot bomb to the back of the bleachers in right field, the second-longest blast of the season at Yankee Stadium.

It was the 487th home run of Ortiz's career, his 21st of the year.  Can he hit 13 more in 2015?  The 48-60 Sox have 54 games remaining.  For Ortiz to reach 500, he'll need to go deep once every 4.15 games.

On June 10 (60 games into the season), Ortiz had a .219 batting average and just six homers.  However, since that time Papi is hitting .273 with 15 long balls in Boston's last 48 contests--an average of one home run every 3.2 games.

At that pace, Ortiz will crank career homer No. 500 with nearly two weeks to spare (game No. 150 of 162).  Sean McAdam notes his current full-season rate (every 5.14 games) won't get it done, but that number has dropped significantly since it stood at one home run every 10 games two months ago.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What do you make of this "Navy SEAL" car?

Click on the pic to enlarge.
Here are some of the things painted on this car, in case you can't tell from the picture:

- "U.S. NAVY"
- "911"
- a POW-MIA logo
- a Navy SEAL logo

So my question is, who does this car belong to?  It can't be an actual Navy SEAL, right?  As far as I know, discretion is a big part of what they do, and this car is anything but.  Could the vehicle be a tribute to a loved one who died in action?  Maybe, but my guess is the owner is just somebody who thinks Navy SEALs are totally awesome.

Regardless, I made sure not to get too close while snapping the photo...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yasiel Puig should use 'MMMBop' as his walk-up song, for real

The most recent excellent Sportscenter commercial:

While the Hanson song may not work for Stan Verrett, it could be a great choice for Yasiel Puig.  One, it would be hilarious.  And two, the title is actually a great catchphrase for a slugger:

"Here comes the pitch, MMM... Bop!  Another home run for Puig!"

I picked out my walk-up music a long, long time ago.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why buy a UFC fight on pay-per-view when the whole thing is online for free a minute later?

I'm not a UFC fan, and I doubt I ever will be.  But given the success and sudden widespread fame of Ronda Rousey, I was mildly interested in seeing what happened in her fight on Saturday night.

Obviously I didn't care enough to order it on pay-per-view, but I kept Sportscenter on at 1 am to find out the results.  Rather than have to watch ESPN's ridiculous still-photo highlights (since they don't have TV rights), I enjoyed the fact that Rousey once again destroyed her opponent in only a matter of seconds, making the entire "match" readily available to watch on the interwebs almost instantaneously.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Popular" by Nada Surf

Nada Surf only ever had one popular single--Popular, released in 1996.  I've just learned that its lyrics are lines from a 1964 book by actress Gloria Winters, entitled Penny's Guide to Teen-age Charm and Popularity.

The song is obviously sarcastic, but as far as I can tell from five minutes of hard-target interweb research and fact checking, the book was apparently serious--which is weird.  I've always wondered where that line about washing your hair "at least once every two weeks" came from.  That's just gross, did girls not wash their hair in 1964?

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