Saturday, January 9, 2016

Shouldn't we be driving solar-powered cars by now? (rerun)

From August 7, 2012:

My sister just bought a new car, a Toyota Prius. And that reminded me of one of my favorite episodes of Friends, the finale of season one. They have a barbeque, Ross goes to China, Joey has a new girlfriend who makes gift baskets that he can't sleep with because he's also doing a sperm donor program, and most importantly Rachel finds out Ross loves her. So what does any of this have to do with a Toyota Prius?...

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Friday, January 8, 2016

20 consecutive winning seasons in Boston (rerun)

From September 19, 2012:

Back in March I did a piece about the four Boston sports teams having gone 20 consecutive seasons without a losing record. Two days ago I wrote that the Red Sox 81st loss of the year ended that streak (scroll down). This morning The Wall Street Journal decided my story was worth mentioning...

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The tale of the greatest sports story of my lifetime: The 2004 Boston Red Sox (rerun)

From October 27, 2014 (the ten year anniversary of the Boston's World Series victory):

I could start this story as a nine-year-old boy staying up way past his bedtime on October 25, 1986. I remember my much wiser mother asking "Do you think they're really going to do it?" And me, a not yet embittered child saying "Of course they are!"

Fast forward 16 years and 356 days and the 26-year-old version of me in 2003 had a much better understanding of her skepticism. But still, with a 5-2 lead and Pedro on the hill in the 8th inning of ALCS Game 7, my best friend and I discussed going to Miami for the World Series (the Marlins had already won the National League).

As we sat in the Newes Pub in Martha's Vineyard, we talked about how Series tickets at Fenway would be impossible to get, and wondered if it might be cheaper to go to a game in Florida, even with the plane tickets.

We'd been working as bartenders all summer long and now the tourist season was over. Both of us had time to kill and money to burn--we absolutely would have gone.

Jump ahead exactly one year to the day later, and I was slumped down on a bench outside of the Edgartown bar I worked in. The Yankees had just taken a 13-6 lead in the 5th inning of ALCS Game 3, and they were about to go up 3-0 in the series. A friend of mine came outside to comfort me, and I recall saying something to her along the lines of...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I have a plan to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2018 (rerun)

From February 17, 2014:

Step 1: Move to the Cayman Islands. I've always though that looked like a pretty cool place ever since Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman hung out there in The Firm. The Cayman Islands have one athlete representing them in Sochi (and the only winter Olympian they've ever had): a skier named...

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My compilation blog of all the reasons why I'm not a fan of LeBron James (rerun)

From October 17, 2013 (and beyond):

With the Heat and Nets set to meet in a preseason game tonight, LeBron James took it upon himself to criticize Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for allowing themselves to be traded to Brooklyn; because of the way they were mean to his new buddy Ray Allen for bolting to Miami via free agency. This inspired me to create a list (which I can't believe I hadn't done already) of everything I've written pertaining to LeBron's douchebaggery...

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Monday, January 4, 2016

A kid scored 138 points in a college basketball game, but was it actually an impressive accomplishment? (rerun)

From November 25, 2012:

Last Tuesday night when I got home from work I was very surprised by the lead story on the 2 am Sportscenter. It was about a kid who scored 138 points in a Division III college basketball game. The only video they had available looked as if it was shot from a cell phone, and there was very little information given about the game itself. Even though it was an NCAA record for points by a single player, it didn't feel right to me that espn led with it. It seemed far too ridiculous a story to just accept without wondering...

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

There is no such thing as a "skinny" margarita, or any low-calorie drink with alcohol (rerun)

From October 27, 2012:

I work in a bar that is famous for margaritas. It's what we do best, and people come in all the time just to get them. But there are still always guests (you have to say "guests" instead of "customers" when you work in a nice restaurant) that don't trust our recipe, and give specific instructions for how they'd like theirs to be made (although usually I make it my normal way anyway while they're not looking, and they never know the difference. But that's another blog for another time).

The most common request is a "skinny girl" or just "skinny" margarita, which at this point I've decided...

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