Saturday, December 5, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Dre Day" by Dr. Dre

From 1992, Dr. Dre's The Chronic was the first serious rap album I ever owned (I'm not counting Please Hammer, Don't Hurt Em and probably some others of the more pop variety).  My favorite track was Dre Day, and the video below is also one of the earliest I remember watching regularly on MTV (at my buddy's house, we didn't have cable).

As with Snoop Doggy Dog's What's My Name, I'm quite impressed Dre was able to create a clean version of this song.

Also, Dustin Pedroia has used Dre Day as his walk-up music for the past couple seasons, which is just cool.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Kelly Olynyk dunks like Tom Chambers, why wasn't it a technical foul?

I remember Tom Chambers used to throw down two-handed double-pump dunks from time to time (unfortunately I can't find one on YouTube so you'll just have to take my word for it, but here's his jam that ranks among the greatest ever).  To the surprise of many, last night Kelly Olynyk pulled off a similar maneuver:

Allegedly the NBA has a rule that says you're not allowed to hang on the rim unless it's for safety reasons (although I'm fairly certain the league just eliminated it without telling anybody).  As you can see in the pic above, there wasn't anybody close to Kelly as he did a chin-up and swung his legs in the air.

Technical foul, right?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

There's no debating Steph Curry is greatest shooter ever--at this rate he may become best PLAYER ever

It sounds crazy, but the way things are going it will be a legitimate question a few years down the road: Will Stephen Curry be considered the greatest basketball player of all time?  He's fundamentally changing the game and making shots nobody else ever has.  There's a million stats I could throw at you (check out this article on, and at some point in the near future I'll make the case that he's better than LeBron right now.

But for the moment, just take a look at what Curry did to close out the third quarter last night (hint, in the picture above, he's about to shoot):

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Are subs fundamentally better when toasted? (Remember those great Quizno's ads?)

I had half of a toasted Italian sub at the airport the other day, and it was delicious.  It reminded me of a great sandwich place I used to go to in Richmond 15 years ago, but I can't think of the name at the moment.

Regardless, I don't think there was anything particularly special about this airport sub, other than the fact that it was toasted.  Which leads me to wonder, should I be getting all my subs toasted?  I go to Subway from time to time on my way to work and I've never once asked them to toast my sandwich.  Am I missing out?

I haven't actually been to a Quizno's, but this train of thought brings back fond memories of their spectacular commercials from 2004:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Baltimore was just as pathetic as Cleveland at the end of yesterday's Monday Night Football game

Yes, the sad Cleveland Browns lost last night when they had a field goal (for the win) blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play.  But, everybody seems to be forgetting the fact that the Baltimore Ravens were just as pathetic in the two minutes prior:

Cleveland scored a touchdown to tie the game with 1:47 remaining, leaving one more chance for Baltimore.

However, the Ravens used just 24 seconds (3 plays, 4 yards) and punted the ball back to the Browns with 1:24 left.

Not to be outdone, Cleveland maintained possession for only 27 seconds (3 plays, -8 yards) and also punted.

In an effort to top that, the Ravens threw an interception on the very next play (1 play, 0 yards).

The Browns then actually held the ball for 50 seconds (4 plays 13 yards) before the infamous block-FG/return-TD.

There were six possessions after the two-minute warning--a horrible display of offense by both ballclubs and a pretty stark contrast to the night before when Tom Brady drove the Patriots 51 yards in the snow in the last 1:09 without his top four receivers for the game-tying field goal.

Monday, November 30, 2015

When a screenshot of a SportsCenter graphic is worth 1,000 words...

How do you destroy a perfect season?  Just take away a team's top four receivers in four consecutive weeks.

It looks as though at least two (and probably three) of them will be back, but we'll never know what could have been...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "The Ghost in You" by the Psychedelic Furs

I have to admit, I know absolutely nothing about the Psychedelic Furs.  I didn't even realize they were the band that sings this song until just now when I looked it up.  I discovered The Ghost in You from the 50 First Dates soundtrack, which has a version by Mark McGrath (sidebar: 50 First Dates is one of my all-time favorite movie soundtracks--it features reggae remakes of several '80s songs).  There's also a Counting Crows rendition on the Clueless soundtrack, and Duncan Sheik sang it as well.

Here's the 1984 original:

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