Saturday, October 24, 2015

Awesome Old Movie Line of the Week (that's not in the movie): "That ball wouldn'ta been out of a lotta parks"

"That ball wouldn'ta been out of a lotta parks."
"Name one."

It's one of the most memorable lines of dialogue from Major League.  The thing is, it's not even in the film.  While it was featured in the spectacular trailer below, the scene was cut from the movie.  Yet somehow it lives in our memories...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is not the definition of insanity

I recently heard Mike Greenberg of ESPN's Mike & Mike show say on air: "The dictionary definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and a expecting different results."

Rob Lowe also sent out this tweet last week:

The thing is, it's not.

It's a quote that Albert Einstein may or may not have said, and somewhere along the way people generally began to accept it as truth.  However, while that may be dumb behavior, it's not actually anything close to the definition of insanity:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Denver Broncos have no business being 6-0

The Broncos have beaten the Ravens (1-5), Chiefs (1-5), Lions (1-5), Vikings (3-2), Raiders (2-3) and Browns (2-4) by a total of 37 points (for comparison, the Patriots beat the Jaguars by 34 points).  Those six clubs have a combined record of 10-24.

Denver has scored 139 points through six games, an average of 23.2 per contest.  However, the Broncos have also relied on four touchdowns from their defense (20 percent of their scoring), meaning their offense is only putting up 18.5 PPG.

Peyton Manning is averaging 240.8 passing yards per game with seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 72.5 quarterback rating (in one fewer game Tom Brady is averaging 325.2 passing yards with 14 TDs, one INT and a rating of 118.4).

The Broncos have no business being 6-0.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Best part of October 21, 2015? People will finally stop falling for that stupid Facebook hoax

For months, I'd been planning to write a blog today along the lines of what I posted back on January 1:

2015 is here, where's my hoverboard!

What I didn't realize, however, was that the entire internet would go nuts over "Back to the Future Day" (October 21, 2015).  My idea is clearly old news.  So here's what I'll say instead--I can't tell you how many times over the past several years I saw this on Facebook: "Today's the day they went to in Back to the Future!"  At least that will finally come to end...

Unless it doesn't.  How much do you want to bet this hoax gains momentum again in a year or two?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Richmond Spider scored 14 points against the Celtics last night

When I first began writing this blog in the spring of 2011, my Richmond Spiders were a frequent topic of choice.  That March, the Spiders went on a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, thanks in large part to 6'10" senior Justin Harper.

Harper was chosen by the Cavs in the second round of that year's NBA draft, but then I pretty much forgot about him.  I had to go to Wikipedia just now to find out that besides appearing in 14 games for the Magic in 2011-12, Harper has played in the D-League, France, Israel and Italy.

Last night, the Nets were without six of their regulars for their exhibition visit to the TD Garden.  As Brooklyn's starting lineup was announced, I was shocked to hear: "From the University of Richmond, Justin Harper."

Harper played 27 minutes, shot 5-for-9 from the floor (and 3-for-5 on threes), scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.  He was arguably the best Net on the court, posting a team-high plus/minus of +9.

After the surprising blast-from-the-past Harper sighting, here's the other exciting thing I took in at the C's preseason home opener:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week (Inspired by the Colts on Sunday Night Football): "Low" by Cracker

I think Get Off This is actually a better song from Cracker's 1993 album, Kerosene Hat.  However, Low is in my head today because NBC chose to play it last night while cutting away to a commercial break during the Patriots-Colts matchup.

Shortly afterwards, Indianapolis was feeling pretty "low" after running what might be the new leading candidate for worst play in NFL history:

Towards the end of the game, New England's Jamie Collins was decidedly not "low" on this blocked extra point:

Here's Cracker:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Is anybody else sneaky nervous for tonight's Patriots game?

I spent all day Friday behind the bar with ESPN on the TV, and I'd guess roughly 98 percent of their coverage was for tonight's Patriots-Colts game in Indianapolis.  The general sentiment appears to be that New England will win by a score somewhere in the neighborhood of 84-3.

OK. I'm clearly exaggerating, but every single analyst picked the Pats big.  This is one of those games that the entire universe appears to be talking about and expecting Tom Brady and Co. to unleash their fury on the poor, helpless Colts.

The thing is, Indianapolis is a professional football team too.  In fact, the Colts are a first-place squad with a 3-2 record and a three-game winning streak--the last two of which came without their Pro-Bowl quarterback, who is expected to return tonight.

Every NFL game is lose-able, especially road contests against good ballclubs.  The unbridled overconfidence in the Patriots in this matchup makes me nervous.

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