Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cavaliers made another questionable choice with their in-game promotions last night

Black Heritage Celebration sponsored by Hennessy?

Nine months ago the Cavaliers ran a jumbotron video of a guy throwing his girlfriend across the room for wearing a Bulls shirt.

Friday, February 5, 2016

What if you could pause your TV and internet at the same time?

I got this idea from a tweet I saw the other day:

I don't want this to be just a Twitter thing though, I think it's much bigger than that.  It should be part of the entire system you have in place from your cable/internet provider.

Lots of people watch TV while simultaneously viewing corresponding things through various websites and social mediums on their computer, tablet or phone.  The signal for the internet comes from the same place as the one for the television, so Comcast/Verizon/Time Warner/whoever should create a pause button for the whole thing.  That way when you stop the game/The Bachelor/the Golden Globes to go to the bathroom, your ESPN updates/Facebook statuses/Twitter timelines could stay in the same place.

I'm have no idea how this would work for web interactions with other live humans, but hey, it's still a fun idea in theory.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What if you could decline some fouls in the NBA?

OK, I'm only talking about one very specific situation here, and surprisingly it's not the growing "hack-a-whoever" trend of teams fouling bad free-throw shooters on purpose.  My guess is that issue is going to work itself out on its own when clubs eventually come to the conclusion that it doesn't actually help.

What I do think, however, is that the NBA should enact a "decline the fast break foul" rule.  It would apply to situations like the following, which I see occur fairly often--probably once every few games or so:

If you turn up the volume you can hear the whistle blow just after Isaiah Thomas tipped the ball through the rim, so clearly it had no effect on the play.  The basket obviously didn't count though, because the foul was called on Jae Crowder's layup attempt.  Crowder then went to the free-throw line and missed one of his two shots.

Why shouldn't the Celtics be able to just decline the foul and take Isaiah's hoop instead?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Go Plate vs. Snackeez: Which stupid infomercial product would you rather use?

What are the odds I'll be at barbecue sometime this summer where people start handing out Go Plates?  Or, even more intriguing, what if one kooky person shows up with their own Go Plate just for themselves?

I will say this, I'm much more likely to use a Go Plate than I am to wear a GoBelt.  Good luck tossing a football around with a full Go Plate though--that's just a mess waiting to happen for pretty much everybody on Earth besides Odell Beckham Jr.:

But, I do like the idea of having a Go Plate for when you walk up to a table of food.  I never know what to do with my drink in that situation and it's basically impossible to get everything you want to eat unless you set your beverage down somewhere.

The general concept of the Go Plate is the same as the Snackeez--carrying both your food and drink in one hand.

While the Snackeez may provide significantly more security and prevent against spills, it can't hold anywhere near as much.  I'd also be willing to bet the Snackeez is a lot more complicated and time consuming to fill up.  When you factor in the cost (for $9.99 you get 10 Go Plates, but only one Snackeez), the Go Plate is the clear winner in my book.

Improving the "Dump Cakes" infomercial
"Perfect Polly" takes the cake for depressing "as seen on TV" product commercials
Does anybody own a Stone Wave?
Why would anybody want this "toy" designed for taunting your cat?
"Forever Lazy" is out of their mind with their marketing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Can we stop calling these things "hoverboards" please?

The thing pictured above is not a hoverboard.  It's just a mini Segway that apparently catches on fire a lot.  Even though Back to the Future II predicted hoverboards would be in existence last year, they haven't been invented yet.

To call these silly little rolling things "hoverboards" is like giving up on science (and an insult to the concept of hoverboards in general).  What if the Wright brothers had been satisfied with a hang glider and had never invented an actual airplane?  We'll get to real hoverboards someday people, just be patient!

And man, will that day be awesome.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Want to win a free pair of Celtics tickets?

As one on the benefits of being a season-ticket holder, the Celtics gave me an extra pair of balcony seats for Wednesday's matchup with the Detroit Pistons at the TD Garden (February 3, 7:30 p.m.).

I've decided to pass the tickets on to a LucidSportsFan reader in an effort to promote my site.  There are two ways to enter to win:

1. Follow me on Twitter @LucidSportsFan and retweet this tweet:

2. Like LucidSportsFan on Facebook and share the this post:

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I'll announce the winner at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) and send the tickets over via email.  Good luck!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Boogie Shoes" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band

The first time I remember enjoying K.C. and the Sunshine Band's Boogie Shoes was when it played in the background of an episode of Sports Night (my favorite sitcom of all time).

In the show, Dana, played by Felicity Huffman, dances to the song in the television studio after the cast comes back to work after a night of drinking in the bar downstairs.

I searched for a clip of this on YouTube, but came up with a scene from Desperate Housewives instead:

So that got me wondering, does Felicity Huffman write it into her TV contracts that she must get to dance to Boogie Shoes?  If it shows up in an episode of American Crime this season we'll know for sure...

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