Saturday, September 26, 2015

2015 Boston Red Sox Play of the Year

The Red Sox play of the year happened Friday night, and somehow, amazingly, it wasn't even this:

All due credit to Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts for providing one of the more exciting baseball highlight's you'll ever see, but Mookie Betts takes the cake:

Betts' home-run-robbing catch was outstanding in its own right, but the context is what made it truly spectacular--the final out of the ballgame to preserve a shutout for Rich Hill, who until his magical emergence in Boston's rotation two weeks ago last made a big league start in 2009.

Plus, it was perfect karmic redemption for the eerily similar "home run" Betts couldn't hang on to two months ago.

Friday, September 25, 2015

More proof David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

Papi and Pedro's during Ortiz's 500-homer celebration at Fenway Park.

Last night, David Ortiz launched home run No. 502 of his career.  It was Papi's 36th this season, as well as RBI No. 100 and 101.  It made all of these things happen:

Also, these things happened when he blasted homer No. 501 last week:

Just how impressive are his 36 home runs at age 39?  The last time Ortiz hit that many in a season was nine years ago in 2006.

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

What's the difference between seedless watermelon flavor and regular watermelon flavor?

I bought this bottle of soda water the other day:

And as I suspected, it is excellent.  But I'm calling shenanigans on the name, because I can totally tastes the seeds in that watermelon flavor.  Or, maybe Vintage just made a mistake and bottled some of their standard watermelon flavored seltzer in the packaging marked "seedless" watermelon?

Regardless, if I'd known it was going to taste like regular watermelon with seeds I never would've plunked down 59 cents for it, no matter how much I enjoyed it.

It's the principle, you know?

Other blogs about flavored things:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NHL 3-on-3 overtime is a good idea, but I think they skipped a step

Below is the end of last night's Bruins-Capitals preseason game:

In case you didn't notice, there were only six players on the ice.  It's a new rule the NHL adopted this year--three-on-three in overtime.  In 1999, the league switched from the standard five-on-five in OT to four-on-four.  Now, another man has been cut out in attempt to further reduce the number of games that end in shootouts (which still happen if nobody scores after five minutes of three-on-three).

Here's what I would've liked to see instead:

A four-minute four-on-four OT, followed by three minutes of three-on-three if it's still tied.  Then maybe two minutes of two-on-two before an eventual shootout?  That would probably decrease the number of shootouts by an even greater amount, as well as increase the fun/entertainment factor.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hair visors are a real thing?? I have so many questions...

On Sunday, I watched the Patriots game at an Oak Bluffs waterfront bar on Martha's Vineyard.  The majority of the crowd were middle-aged fisherman/boat owner guys.  I noticed one had a hairstyle that appeared to be an obvious attempt to cling to his youth.  It looked very much like this:

And then he took his visor off, revealing this:

I was legitimately shocked.

Here are my questions: Apparently hair visors are a real thing, not just a joke?  How can that be?  If you have one, do you wear it all the time?  Or, do you get several different ones with the same hair attached to a variety of visors?  What do you do in non-visor wearing situations?  Do you also have a similar hair piece without a visor, or are they marketed to a finite subset of society that exits exclusively in places where visors are always acceptable?

Don't even get me started on how women come into play (or don't)...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" by Busta Rhymes

I discovered who Busta Rhymes was in the summer of 1996 when a fellow camp counselor constantly played Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check in his dorm room.

Later that year I saw the video for the first time, and thought "That's the guy from Higher Learning!"  (A great 1995 film worthy of it's own blog.)

Woo Hah!! always reminded me of a slightly less angry version of Onyx's Slam.

(The song actually starts at the 37-second mark of the video.)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Recycle Sunday (No. 16)

"Fans" who leave games early (because their team is losing) and try to get back in (after their team rallies) really, really irritate me.

Titletown parade No. 9.

Did you know "kick the can" and "capture the flag" are the same thing?

'Why don't they have bicycles?' and other similar questions about 'The Walking Dead'.

Did Curt Schilling set a new standard for policing the internet?

"Cash for Gift Cards" machines illustrate why sometimes giving gifts is stupid.

The odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are not as impossible as you may have heard.

Crazy stats from the longest Red Sox game of all time.

Bill Simmons tweeted out a blog that I wrote.

LeBron James fails at his attempt to "be like Mike".

Regardless of all the Deflategate nonsense, here's why Tom Brady at the Pats are a lock for Super Bowl 50.

Bud Light mistakenly promotes itself as a "date rape" beer.

MLB games don't take very long when there are no fans in the ballpark.

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