Saturday, September 19, 2015

Do I need to buy this hoodie?

It costs $39, which isn't bad for a totally awesome sweatshirt.  But, the question is, would I ever actually wear it?  I'm definitely too old to go out in public with something like that on, but the 19-year-old version of me would live in that thing.

Here are arguments A and B for why Tom Brady is the greatest ever.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Why can't I get a fast food breakfast burger with an egg on it?

There's an Applebee's commercial I see all the time lately that shows a breakfast burger topped with a fried egg, bacon and hash browns (above).  Every time I see the ad, I want that burger--bad.  A burgers with a fried egg on it is just awesome, period.  That got me thinking, why don't any of the mainstream fast food places offer one?

Literally the day after that idea popped into my head, I learned that McDonald's is about to start selling breakfast all day (which is awesome in its own right, but I wish it'd happened 20 years ago), so now there's no excuse.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Name that TV commercial voice (also DFS will soon rule the world)

One of my best useless talents in identifying actors who's voices are used in TV commercials.  To me, this is an easy one:

If you didn't get it right away, I'll reveal the answer in a second.  The way things are going (and unless it's eventually deemed illegal), the daily fantasy sports for money business appears to be on track to take over the universe.  On his ESPN Radio show, Ryen Russillo mentioned that DraftKings was the No. 1 advertiser in the country last week.  DK and FanDuel ads have become so prevalent at the moment that this is now the case:

But, the real reason you know DFS (daily fantasy sports) is big time is because Edward Norton is doing ads for it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Facebook isn't actually adding a "dislike" button, but it really, really should

I've been saying for years that Facebook needs a "dislike" button.  Yesterday, a number of stories caught fire across the interwebs with headlines claiming it was finally happening.  I was temporarily psyched.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.

What Facebook is actually doing, is working on an "empathy" button--so when you post that your dog died, rather than "liking" it, I can express empathy.


First, what level of empathy could clicking on a button possibly provide?  If I honestly care about your problem, shouldn't I take the time to at least write a comment saying so?

And second, in my view, Facebook is about fun and entertainment.  I don't really post serious things, especially of the negative variety.  Stuff that might require empathy doesn't belong (I realize others may have a different perspective).  I'm not interested in reading about your basement flooding or your kid breaking his arm.  If we're close enough that these topics matter to me, I'll find out in real life.

Isn't Facebook dying off anyway?  Won't Zuckerberg be getting desperate?  Maybe it's not quite that time yet, but it's definitely coming soon.  And when it does, hopefully then he'll be willing to risk turning Facebook into a Wild Wild West of "likes" and "dislikes" in order to remain relevant.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" by Nelson

Recently I heard (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection for the first time in probably 20 years--and I have to say, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it.

Mathew and Gunnar Nelson are the twin sons of the late Ricky Nelson, something I was probably aware of in 1990 but had totally forgotten.  The thing I remember most about Nelson was their After the Rain video, although this is definitely a much better song:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wait, Martina Hingis is winning Grand Slam tournaments in 2015?

I don't follow tennis with the same intensity that I used to, so I was absolutely baffled when I saw this tweet last night:

Um, what?  The same Martina Hingis who was the best female tennis player in the world in 1997?  I though she retired in 2002?  (She did.)  Then she came back, got as high as No. 6 in the rankings, and retired again in 2007.  And now, in 2015, Hingis won two Grand Slam doubles titles and three in mixed doubles, including both at the U.S. Open--17 years since the last time she won a doubles championship there?

How is that possible?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Babe Ruth. Mickey Mantle. Reggie Jackson. David Ortiz.

On August 5, David Ortiz launched career home run No. 487.  With 54 games remaining, even though his season pace suggested he wouldn't, I figured Ortiz was a very good bet to hit No. 500 this year.

As it turns out, he only need 33 of those 54 to get it done--going deep once every 2.54 games (including one he sat out).

With 34 homers on the season, Papi needs just two more over Boston's final 20 contests to eclipse his highest total (35) since he crushed 54 back in 2006.

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